October 10, 2015

Train Derailments

An Amtrak passenger train traveling from Vermont to Washington, D.C. derailed near Northfield, VT at about 10:30 A.M. on October 5, 2015. Seven of the 102 passengers were injured. Fortunately, there were no deaths in the crash. All injured passengers have now been released from the hospital.

According to initial reports, the train derailment was due to fallen rocks on the track. The collision caused at least two of its cars to go off the tracks and over an embankment. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said that a freight train had traveled safely on Sunday night through the area where the Amtrak derailment happened the next morning. Federal investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration and NTSB continue their formal inquiry into the cause of the crash. The NTSB will make recommendations after completing its investigation.

Passengers on the train told officials that it seemed to be operating safely and at proper speeds before the accident. The speed limit was 59 MPH. They said it felt like the train jerked or jolted just before it derailed, according to a local news outlet. After the crash, several passengers escaped the train with their luggage and walked the tracks until first responders arrived at the scene.

Amtrak Train 55, called the Vermonter, was back in service shortly after the accident on a modified schedule. The section of railroad tracks where the derailment occurred was closed to passenger travel and Vermont Amtrak passengers bused to and from Springfield, Massachusetts.

Several hundred gallons of diesel fuel were spilled as a result of the Amtrak derailment. Approximately 400 gallons of fuel were recovered from the fuel tank to prevent further spillage while another 900 gallons remain unaccounted for. Governor Shumlin’s office said that the spilled fuel is unlikely to pose a threat to the local water supply.

More Amtrak train derailment lawsuit information will be posted as it becomes available.

Philadelphia Amtrak train crash was preventable

May 13, 2015
Amtrak Crash Attorney

The Amtrak train derailment this week near Philadelphia was at least the eighth derailment this year in North America and appears to have been preventable. The train’s data recorders, the equivalent of an airline black box, have been recovered and shed light on how the accident occurred. It now is believed that the train was […]

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Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia injures 50

May 12, 2015
Amtrak Train Accident

An Amtrak train has derailed and crashed this evening near Philadelphia, PA. Initial reports are that at least 50 of the 240 passengers and five crew members onboard have suffered injuries of varying severity. The train, Amtrak train 188, was headed toward New York City from Washington D.C. when the derailment occurred. It was scheduled […]

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Feds predict 10 fuel-hauling train accidents per year for decade

February 25, 2015
Train Derailment Lawyer

The Department of Transportation has reviewed the risks of moving crude oil and ethanol via railway across the US and through major cities. The study, completed last July, estimates that trains carrying these fuels will derail approximately 10 times per year over the next decade. These derailments could cause billions in damages and possibly kill […]

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Train derailments cause oil spills, lawsuits hold railroads liable

February 24, 2014
Train Derailment Crash Lawyer

Railways transport approximately 1 million barrels of crude oil each day in the U.S.. This number is expected to increase to 4.5 million barrels a day in the next ten years. Since 2008, there have been 10 derailments that have spilled at least 3 million gallons of crude oil and resulted in fires and explosions. […]

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Union Pacific train had signal to stop before Missouri crash

June 10, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is continuing its investigation into the May 25, 2013 collision between a Union Pacific train and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train in Chaffee, Missouri (MO). The crash caused several rail cars to derail and careen into the supports of highway overpass that subsequently collapsed. The preliminary NTSB […]

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Missouri railroad crash causes train derailment and collapsed bridge

May 28, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

In Missouri, a Union Pacific (UP) train collided with a Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) train at about 2:30 A.M. Saturday over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The crash caused several cars to derail and careen into the support pillars of the Highway M overpass in Scott County, MO. No one was seriously injured in […]

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Dozens injured in California truck-train crossing accident

October 20, 2012
California Amtrak Train Accident

About 39 passengers were injured earlier this month when a semi tractor-trailer truck collided with an Amtrak train near Hanford, California. The truck, carrying cotton trash, failed to yield and was struck by the passenger train around noon Monday, October 1, 2012. Of the 169 passengers aboard the train, 19 had minor injuries and 11 […]

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Chicago Metra train derailment lawsuit settled for $1.8 million

October 2, 2012
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A Chicago woman and the railroad Metra have settled her personal injury lawsuit against the rail line for $1.8 million. Kathryn Kuk, age 54, was riding on a commuter train in Chicago’s South Side when it derailed on October 12, 2003. Her multiple injuries from the crash have necessitated two lower-back surgeries, according to her […]

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Amtrak trains crash and derail at California station, 18 injured

October 18, 2011
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An Amtrak train crashed into another at the Jack London Amtrak station in Oakland, CA on October 12. Both locomotive engines derailed and eighteen people were injured in the crash. The accident occurred when the San Joaquin train from Bakersfield to Oakland ran a red light at the station and hit the stationary Coast Starlight […]

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Truck-train crash lawsuit gets $1.75M verdict : Railroad Lawyer News

May 5, 2011
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Grady County, OK — An Oklahoma jury awarded a railroad conductor $1.75 million in damages for serious personal injuries suffered in a train derailment accident.  The lawsuit was filed in Grady County, OK shortly after the 2009 railroad crossing accident.  The jury trial of the truck-train crash lawsuit lasted a week before the jury returned […]

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