The National Transportation Safety Board will hold hearings Wednesday and Thursday to try to determine the causes of two major accidents this year: the May 17 derailment and collision of two Metro-North commuter trains in Bridgeport, and an accident about a week later on the tracks near the terminal in West Haven in which a Metro-North worker was struck and killed by a Metro-North passenger train.

The two days of testimony from federal investigators had been scheduled for last month. But the 16-day government shutdown, a result of Congress’ failure to pass a budget, resulted in the hearings being postponed.

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