September 3, 2015

Train Derailments

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 speeding at 106 mph. The Federal Railroad Administration has reported that the maximum speed limit on the curve where the derailment occurred is 50 mph, while the speed just before the curve is 70 mph. Media reports have some surviving passengers stating they felt the train was going too fast when entering the curve, and that it felt as if the train’s brakes were slammed on just before the derailment happened.

Rescue crews continue to search through wreckage for victims as investigators have arrived at the scene to analyze how the 238 passenger train came off its tracks, injuring more than 200 passengers on board. At least seven persons have been reported killed.

Several passengers have been unaccounted for, raising hopes that they may have missed their boarding or just failed to report to police and fire rescue crews before leaving the scene.

The span of railroad track where the Amtrak derailment occurred is not equipped with a positive train control (PTC) automated speed control system. Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB told reporters today that, “We feel that had such a system been installed in this section of track, this accident would not have occurred.”

The area where the wreck occurred, known as Frankford Junction, is close to the site of a derailment of the Congressional Limited which killed 79 people in 1943.

The passenger train lines between Washington and Boston serve nearly 12 million passengers a year, with more than 2,000 trains running on at least some part of the Washington-to-Boston corridor daily.

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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3 Louisiana train crashes within 24 hours kill 2, injure 7

April 24, 2011
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Louisiana — Three separate train crashes within 24 hours left 2 people dead and seven inured in Louisiana on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

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