Transit boss: Metro-North Railroad workers on job 7 days straight at time of 2013 derailments

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The head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says traffic control staff at the Metro-North Railroad worked seven days straight for weeks when several accidents, including one fatal, disrupted commutes in Connecticut and New York last year.

MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said in an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board in March that the overworked staffers direct commuter train movements, making sure trains run without problems. He blamed personnel shortages for the work schedules.

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The New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/1ytLxPH) reported the interview Monday.

A Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx on Dec. 1, 2013, killing four passengers.

Earlier that year, a track worker was struck and killed by a train in West Haven, Connecticut. Scores were injured in a derailment in Bridgeport, Connecticut, days earlier.