Metro-North worker hit, killed by train identified - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Metro-North worker hit, killed by train identified

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WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Officials have identified the 27-year veteran for Metro-North that was hit and killed by a train in West Haven on Tuesday afternoon.

Foreman Robert Luden, 52, of East Haven was doing maintenance on the tracks and was hit by the 11:53 a.m. train out of New Haven, headed to Grand Central in New York City, officials said.

Luden was hit in the vicinity of the construction of a new train station, which is expected to open in August, Metro-North officials said.

"Thorough investigation of the conductor and any witness that were here that saw what happened," MTA Spokesperson Kevin Ortiz said.

MTA said the last time a train hit a Metro-North worker was in New York in 2009.

"They shut everything down told us they will let us know what is going on and we were just waiting," Mahagony B said. "But it hit the news before we even got an announcement, so we were kind of bothered by that."

Commuters learned what happened after they were told they needed to get of the train.

"I would have to check into that," said Ortiz about the process of informing passengers. "Usually conductors are good about telling passengers the next step involved and loading them on to buses and points of destination."

Ortiz said he doesn't know how fast the train was going, but said trains can travel between 50 and 60 miles per hour.

"Track workers are trained and retrained on a regular basis, so all precautions are taken with our customers and workers," Ortiz said.

The New Haven train line was suspended for a brief period of time between New Haven and Milford, however it was restored just before 2 p.m., according to the Metro-North website.

Bus service offered for passengers for the line was suspended, according to the Metro-North website.

Some commuters said even though they might not get where they need to go today, they understand based on the circumstances.

"Well I was supposed to be at work, so I'm not making it where I'm supposed to be on time," Mahagony B said. "But, they had to do what they had to do, if someone lost their life."

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