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At a news conference on commuter safety, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., nearly gets sideswiped by a train as he stands too close to the edge. / KHON 2 News via YouTube

Oh, the irony! At a news conference focused on how to be safe near trains, a senator and a mayor get a little too close for comfort to a train. Watch it in the video above.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal can be seen in the KHON 2 News video standing in the yellow area on train platforms, exactly where people are not supposed to stand. Did we mention this was a news conference on commuter safety?

Milford Mayor Ben Blake says "safety is paramount" moments before the train whizzes by, while Blumenthal, standing too close to the edge, tries to save a poster on an easel.

They were on a platform in Connecticut on the Metro-North rail line to talk about more than 100 safety violations, and a push for restoring safety. But where's the good example? Tweet what you think using #ZoomIN.



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