Train accidents are relatively rare; but when they do happen, they usually have disastrous consequences. One of the most common train accident sites is at railroad crossings. That is because sometimes railroad crossings are not adequately protected with the necessary lights and gates. The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported that each year there are about 5,800 train crashes involving cars, causing about 600 deaths. If you or someone you love has been involved in a train accident, compensation can be awarded, so call our Boston train accident lawyer experts today at 617-787-3700 to learn more about your rights.
A New Jersey train from Hoboken crashed at the station, causing one death and injuring hundreds of people. The passengers on board did not realize the ride they were in for until the moment of the deadly accident. During this particular morning commute, the Hoboken train was going faster than usual. Many commuters were waiting at the terminal so they could get on the train to go to work or school. When the train approached the station, it was not able to stop at the stopping line and hit a bumper block. This caused the train to derail and crash into the commuter walkway where all the commuters were anxiously waiting to get on board. Many commuters were able to save their lives when they began running as they saw the train coming too close. One of the passengers on-board, Bhagyesh Shah, described the accident: “the train didn’t appear to slow as it entered the station. The next thing I know, I’m on the floor. We are plowing through something … and when the train came to a stop, I could see the parts of the roof on the first car and some of the debris next to me.”
The incident was shortly reported all over social media and the news. Due to the crash, train service was suspended for the day. The New Jersey officials have taken precautions so this will not happen again. A bill was passed that prohibits engineers from operating a train if they have a drug or alcohol conviction.
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