DARIEN, Conn. – Three Metro-North workers have been suspended after miscommunication between rail controllers and a track supervisor nearly led to a serious incident near the Noroton Heights train station in Darien on Nov. 4, the New York Post reports.
Thinking it was safe to do so, track workers had placed two aluminum bridge plates on a live track after contacting rail-traffic controllers, the Post said.
They asked for what rail workers call “foul time” — or permission to work on the tracks near the Noroton Heights station without creating any obstructions. But the supervisor should have asked for a “block” to take the track out of service, the Post said.
The engineer operating the train approaching the plates on Nov. 4 managed to hit the brakes and not slam into the plates across the tracks, the Post said.
Metro-North suspended two rail-traffic controllers without pay, as well as the track foreman.
The plates are meant to help riders board a train while work is performed on the track closest to the platform.
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