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CTDOT runs Rail Accident Simulation Training drill, Boy Scouts volunteer as injured passengers

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation ran a simulated rail accident training drill Saturday in New Haven as part of ongoing safety training.

In a statement, the CTDOT said that the drill would appear and sound realistic and would involve on-duty fire and police departments.

Boy Scout Troop 7 of Clinton volunteered to play the role of passengers injured as a result of a simulated head-on collision with another train.

Rail Accident Simulation Training Drill 2019 – Photo: CTDOT

According to the CTDOT, the drill is required by the Federal Railroad Administration, but is “an important component of CTDOT’s ongoing safety training and reinforcement practice.”

Rail Accident Simulation Training Drill 2019 – Photo: CTDOT

“The simulated accident […] is designed to reinforce and fine-tune the efficacy of emergency response protocols of train crews, dispatchers, first-responders, and others, as well as the coordination and real-life application of communication and chain-of-command protocols. This drill supplements the extensive and ongoing training for all involved groups.”

– CTDOT

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