A veteran Metro-North track worker was fatally struck by a Manhattan-bound train Tuesday afternoon while working on a station under construction in West Haven, Conn., authorities say.

The death of Robert Luden, 52, comes 11 days after a New Haven-bound train derailed near Bridgeport, Conn., and collided with an oncoming train headed for Grand Central Terminal.

Seventy-two people were injured in the May 17 crash, which occurred during the Friday evening rush hour.

"Everyone at the MTA and Metro-North is deeply saddened by the death of Robert Luden," MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. "This is a tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to the employee's loved ones."

MTA officials say the accident occurred around noon on tracks east of a future station under construction in West Haven along Metro-North's New Haven Line.

It shut down service between Milford and New Haven for two hours. The MTA Police Department is investigating the accident.

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Luden is a track foreman who has been with the railroad for 27 years. He has a wife and several children, one source said.

On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings in the derailment.

NTSB officials say their investigation is centered on a joint bar used to hold two pieces of rail together that cracked near the derailment site last month and was repaired.

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MTA officials say the joint bar was replaced, not repaired.

An engineer on the New Haven-bound train told the NTSB that he observed an "unusual condition" on the tracks before the collision.

The NTSB has not said whether the damaged joint bar caused the derailment.