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Senator has close call with moving train during speech about train safety

Senator Has Close Call With Moving Train During Speech About Safety


U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was dangerously close to a train as it zipped by during a news conference about train safety - and it was all caught on video.

Anchors at WTNH, one of the local stations that caught the incident on video, said Blumenthal was lucky he didn't get hurt.

'Normally, when you wait for the train, you're looking and watching so you can see what's coming. His back was toward it. He moved away just in the right nick of time.'

WVIT also caught the incident on video, and, by the looks of it, the station's camera operator also might have been standing on the yellow line passengers are supposed to stand behind for safety.

But a writer for Metro says Blumenthal likely sent an important message to his constituents.

'A senator unintentionally demonstrated his point. The force of the Amtrak train was so much it caused him to stumble.'

Blumenthal hasn't commented on the close call.

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reelriot85 April 21 2014 at 6:41 PM

He has to keep up with all of the other Politicians that just make stupid decisions. But that gets attention.........not votes..........but attention.

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Vimala Nowlis April 21 2014 at 4:27 PM

Why was the podium so close to the yellow line? Why was that guy standing in the yellow area?
Clearly they never took the train and have no clue about train safety. So why the hell are they talking about train safety?

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tony Vimala Nowlis April 21 2014 at 4:46 PM

Because those kinds of people are better, smarter, and more above the law then the common, lowly tax payer. Just ask them, they will tell thee, if they feel like chatting with a lowly tax payer, they might even respond. Have a nice day nolisterene.

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hdplasma April 21 2014 at 9:05 PM

Stupid people can be elected to office..
Seriously.. Was this real? Can anybody but me see that happen?

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no7mk1 April 21 2014 at 9:05 PM

Not even close..he's a train wreck himself.....

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nealmashburn April 21 2014 at 5:51 PM

And He keeps Smiling. WoW! Wake Up People!

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beth nealmashburn April 21 2014 at 6:23 PM

was he supposed to cry like John Boehner or something?

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blair21014 April 21 2014 at 4:12 PM

They have no idea they are wrong, the train goes by and they hold the sign in the same wrong place. They have no clue, literally, not figuratively, what the yellow zone is for. Is it any wonder that the word "politician" is evolving into a derogatory word?

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JOSEPH April 21 2014 at 9:32 PM

Who ever said that U.S. Senators and Congressmen are smart.

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mlaurel58 JOSEPH April 21 2014 at 10:28 PM

Nobody....I think there's still a guy there who thought an island would tip over if too many people stood on it.

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The Master April 21 2014 at 9:36 PM

lol of course Blumenthal had nothing to say. This a good example of a oxymoron in action.....

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Donna April 21 2014 at 9:39 PM

Blumenthal never served overseas. He lied about his military service during his campaign and was caught, excuse was his comment was taken out of context.

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Louise April 21 2014 at 9:53 PM

This senator is mighty stupid in my opinion...How can he represent normal americans in anything when he doesn't have sense enough to stand behind the yellow line rule !!!

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