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Train crash response drill scheduled in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Connecticut officials are staging a simulated train accident in New Haven to test the emergency response protocols of a variety of agencies. T...
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NEW HAVEN — Connecticut officials are staging a simulated train accident in New Haven to test the emergency response protocols of a variety of agencies.

The drill is scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Belle Dock rail yard.

State transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti says the simulation will appear and sound realistic, and the Department of Transportation is releasing information to the public to avoid causing undo worry.

The exercise will test the emergency responses of train crews, dispatchers and first responders to accidents on the CTrail Hartford Line and Shore Line East.

The simulated head-on train crash will include police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers and volunteer passengers including children who will pretend to be injured.

The drill is required by the Federal Railroad Administration.