Metro-North: Conn. train outage expected for days

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The Metro-North commuter rail line says crews will spend days rebuilding 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals damaged in a derailment and crash in Connecticut.

Metro-North President Howard Permut said Sunday that the two-track electrified railroad must be rebuilt. Crews will work around the clock for several days to make repairs and ensure that newly rebuilt infrastructure operates properly.

Jim Cameron, chairman of a commuter group, the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, said he's asked officials in numerous towns to suspend parking rules to accommodate what could be tens of thousands of commuters driving to unaffected train stations.

Seventy-two people were sent to the hospital after the crash Friday evening. Nine remain hospitalized.

Service is suspended between South Norwalk and New Haven.

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