Milford Mayor Ben Blake and US Senator Richard Blumenthal
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Senator's close call with train in New Haven

21 April 2014 Last updated at 18:54 BST

A US senator has had a close call with a train during a news conference on rail safety.

Richard Blumenthal was standing close to the platform edge during a speech by Milford Mayor Ben Blake, when a train hurtled past, disturbing a diagram.

The Connecticut Democrat called the news conference after announcing a $552,000 fine for Metro-North Railroad over "shameful" safety violations.

Metro-North says it has made tremendous strides in improving its safety culture.

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