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Sen. Richard Blumenthal has close call with train during news conference about railway safety

Sen. Richard Blumenthal has close call with train during news conference about railway safety

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) had a close call with a train on Friday while at a news conference with Milford Mayor Ben Blake about railway safety.

From WGGB/ABC40:

It was a close call at a Friday event for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut.

Ironically, he was holding a press conference about increasing railway safety across the state. That’s when a passing train sped by, just inches away from Blumenthal’s back.

[…] The event was aimed at decreasing safety violations on the railways. Blumenthal says there were 139 violations since 2004. He says per 100 miles of track, Metro-North had five times the number of safety defects than any other commuter railroad in the country.

It was just as Mayor Blake said, “Safety, as you know, is paramount,” when the train whipped by and temporarily disrupted the news conference.

As news reports and other sites reporting on this story have pointed out, that yellow safety line is there for a reason.  It’s a good idea to stand behind it.

Video report from WTNH/News8, via BizPacReview below:

KHON2 News has an even more complete clip, without the news commentary.

[Featured image: KHON2 News video]


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we almost avoided a tragedy there, if he had been a few feet closer the tragedy would have been avoided.
now we have him still making laws.

Doug Wright Old Grouchy | April 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Perhaps the good Senator is now entitled to another Vietnam Campaign Ribbon; bravery under non-fire!

It didn’t seem that the esteemed news anchors understood that the “close” mishap was entirely due to the Senator’s carelessness.

Henry Hawkins | April 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

A politician unsafely stands too close to a train while conducting a train safety press conference.

Irony Horse, anyone?

This guy probably hasn’t been on public transportation in decades (that’s for the little people); he has no idea what the yellow line means…

Where’s the “close call”? Do trains in that area sometimes decide to travel a foot or so to one side of the track, just for a lark?

A fantastic metaphor for what’s to happen this November.

Well, he survived, otherwise he would be a lock for the Darwin Award

What part of “Stay behind the yellow line” do these people not understand? Oh, but I forget, he’s a democrat, and seems to be incapable of understanding?

    Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to Paul. | April 21, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Sort of like a Kennedy; thinks the laws of God, Man and Physics do not apply to him.