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Metro-North Train Stalls in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – (UPDATED 7:30 p.m.) A Metro-North train carrying more than 200 people became stuck near the Green's Farms Station in Westport Friday afternoon in nearly 100 weather after it lost power, Deputy Fire Chief Jon Gottfried confirmed. No one on the train required hospitalization.

Around 3 p.m., Westport police and fire received numerous 911 calls from passengers on the New Haven bound train, which had been stranded for an unknown period of time. As the train's power was out, the air conditioning was not working and passengers reported experiencing heat distress.

When emergency dispatchers contacted Metro Transit Authority in New York to determine the train's location, MTA dispatchers said the train was not carrying passengers, Gottfried said. Due to the confusion, police, fire and EMS were delayed in locating the train.

The train was found three-quarters of a mile east of 16 Beachside Common Road. When EMS went to board the train, it began moving again and shortly arrived at the Greens Farms station. There, emergency personnel met passengers with water, Gottfried said.

Passengers complaining of illness received medical treatment from EMTs and paramedics. Three pregnant women aboard the train were also evaluated and later refused transportation to the hospital. The Fairfield Fire Department was called in for assistance due to the large number of passengers.

Due to conflicting reports initially received from MTA, a meeting between Westport emergency responders and MTA officials is planned for next week, Gottfried said.

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