Metro-North train kills track worker on New Haven line

Posted at 3:42 PM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 16:19:16-04


A Metro-North train struck and killed a track worker Tuesday afternoon in Connecticut.

Track foreman Robert Luden, 52, of East Haven, was a 27-year veteran of  Metro-North. He was working Tuesday afternoon near the future West Haven Station, which is under construction, when he was fatally struck.

Metro-North said the westbound train had left New Haven at 11:53 a.m. It had rounded a curve on the track and struck Luden near the West Haven stop.

“This is a tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to the employee’s loved ones,” said a Metro -North spokeswoman.

MTA Police will conduct an investigation.

The incident comes as the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment on the New Haven line earlier this month. It is said to be focusing on a “fractured rail.”

All three tracks were shut down. When a single track was returned to service at 1:40 p.m., the 300 customers aboard were transferred to an empty train to continue their trip.

Metro-North said regular service between Milford and New Haven also resumed, including Amtrak.

Service between Grand Central Terminal and Milford was never affected.