Metro-North using shuttle buses in Norwalk

Photo courtesy: MGNonline
Photo courtesy: MGNonline

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Metro-North Railroad says a gear failure is to blame for a stuck railroad bridge that snarled travel for thousands of Connecticut commuters.

The railroad ran shuttle bus service Thursday morning between East Norwalk and South Norwalk as crews worked to close the Walk Bridge that rotates open to allow boats to pass through.

Metro-North said a gear failure occurred during testing at about 3:30 a.m. As a result, the railroad could not close the bridge.

Delays of more than an hour were reported and the railroad also was unable to provide eastbound service from Stamford with limited westbound trains from South Norwalk.

The problem also affected Amtrak and Shoreline East trains.

The railroad bridge was built in 1896 and the state recently applied for federal transportation money to replace it.

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