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American senator almost hit by train during speech about railway safety

from: http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/20/american-senator-almost-hit-by-train-during-speech-about-railway-safety-4703991/

American senator almost hit by train during speech about railway safety


A senator unintentionally demonstrated his point about train safety when he almost got struck by a locomotive during a speech.

Richard Blumenthal, who is a Democrat from Connecticut, had been talking at Milford Metro-North station when a train whistled past at a high speed.

The force of the Amtrak train was so much it caused him to stumble and a chart he was holding nearly fell over.

Ironically, the train had almost hit him at the exact moment Milford mayor Ben Blake had said: ‘Safety, as you know, is paramount.’

Senator Blumenthal had been campaigning for greater accountability from Metro-North railway after it was revealed it had paid $552,000 (£328,904) in fines in the last decade.

The politician’s close call with the train happened on Friday.

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