Sen. Blumenthal comes dangerously close to moving train

Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Congress sends first major opioid bill to Obama's desk MORE (D-Conn.) had a close call with a Metro-North train while standing on a train platform for a press conference focused on commuter rail safety.

The senator is seen in a video on WTNH-TV standing inches away from the edge of the platform — on the yellow warning strip — as a train whizzes by the Milford station stop in Connecticut on Friday.

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At the press conference, Blumenthal announced new data that revealed Metro-North, a commuter rail service for New York and Connecticut, paid $552,000 in fines over the last decade for safety violations and defects. 

“While not every reported defect is a serious safety threat, the magnitude of violations is deeply troubling. Per 100 miles of track, Metro-North had five times the number of safety defects than any other commuter railroad in the country, a truly shameful record,” Blumenthal said in a statement. 

In the wake of a deadly train derailment in the Bronx last fall and one nearly a year ago in Connecticut, Blumenthal has been investigating Metro-North’s safety protocols, and have been urging transportation agencies to institute stricter safety standards.