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One Killed, Another Injured in New York Subway Accident

A few minutes after midnight on November 3, 2016, three MTA workers were walking on a southbound portion of the subway tracks near the Fort Hamilton Parkway station in Brooklyn. The three workers were tasked with setting up warning lights for other workers who were scheduled to perform maintenance in the tunnel later. Tragically, they were unknowingly on the tracks of an oncoming subway train, which was coming their way around a blind curve. Two of the workers tried to avoid the train by jumping into an alcove, which was unfortunately not large enough. One of the workers was killed by the oncoming train, while the other sustained serious injuries. The accident also includes the train operator, who reportedly suffered significant emotional trauma as the result of witnessing this tragedy.

In the past 10 years, three transit workers have been killed by trains in NYC. This incident is the first time a subway worker has been killed since 2013, but it nevertheless highlights the dangers that transit workers face on a daily basis. Both of the workers involved were longtime MTA employees. One started with the employer in 1999 and the other began in 2001. Authorities are still investigating the incident to determine why and how the events unfolded as they did. Answers to those questions, however, are unlikely to reverse all of the damage done.


Mark Sokoloff shares information about train accidents you need to know

Despite federal laws mandating positive train control systems, New Jersey Transit never installed this crucial safety technology on a single railway.

In the wake of yesterday’s fatal train accident, in which one person was killed and 100 more were injured, attorney Mark Sokoloff revisits information he shared concerning train safety last year. As a function of a train’s sheer size, accidents involving them are devastating. This certainly played a role in yesterday’s Hoboken accident, which could possibly have been prevented with the use of positive train control systems. Read Mark’s full article, Enforcement of Rail Safety Improvement Act Necessary in Wake of Train Tragedy for more information.

You can visit our Must Know Info page for this and other important legal information.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident through the neglect of another party, the New York City personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help you. Call (212) 779-0057 to learn more about your legal options.


One Dead, Scores Injured in Hoboken Train Crash

A train filled with rush hour commuters collided into the Hoboken train station this morning. At least one person in dead, and more than 100 are injured following this tragic train accident involving a busy commuter train.

Survivors of the crash report that they did not feel the train coming to a stop as it approached the terminal, which is the end of the line. The train smashed into the building, part of which collapsed on one of the train’s front cars, where most of the injuries presumably occurred. The collapsed structure is making it challenging for first responders to reach the injured. New York City is sending a ‘mass casualty unit,’ which is similar to an ambulance that can carry as many as 30 injured victims.

Reports indicate that this particular train was a shorter one, meaning more people were packed into each car. The two front cars were particularly full because they provide quick access to other transport, such as ferries or other trains.

It is too early to determine the exact cause of this devastating train accident. The leading theories at this time for the train’s crash are that it was an accident or an error on the operator’s part. We will follow this story as it develops.


Amtrak train-tractor trailer collision occurs in North Carolina

A train belonging to the National Railroad Passenger Corp.- or Amtrak- collided with a tractor-trailer in Pleasant Hill near the Virginia line in mid-September.

According to Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods, around 267 passengers were onboard the Carolinian, which has daily routes between Charlotte and New York City, when the accident occurred.
Woods said she has no information yet as to the condition of the truck driver. Trips for the train were halted to give way for local authorities’ investigations.

North Carolina Department of Transportation spokeswoman Hannah Davis said no cars experienced derailment.

Being hurt in a truck accident is particularly devastating, especially since the size of a truck can usually impact the amount of injuries the victim will sustain. If you have been hurt in a truck accident in New York, and the accident was caused by negligent motorists on the road, our attorneys at (212) 779-0057 can help you seek financial compensation when you acquire our legal services by dialing (212) 779-0057 or (866) LAWS-USA.


Enforcement of Rail Safety Improvement Act Necessary in Wake of Train Tragedy

Positive Train Control, enacted by Congress in 2008 as part of The Rail Safety Improvement Act, was mandated to be implemented by Major Passenger and Freight Carriers like CSX, Amtrak, North Burlington Central, and Consolidated Rail, to name a few, by December 31, 2015. A Positive Train Control computer system on Metro North would have prevented the Metro-North Valhalla tragedy. Congress must act now to re- enforce, as well as, implement The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008  (RSIA08., P.L.110-432) for Passenger Commuter Trains like  the L.I.R.R, Metro-North and N.J Transit.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), an average of 200 derailments and 205 train collisions, resulting in 422 injuries and 12 fatalities, occurred annually from 1998 to 2009, excluding the accidents at railway crossings, like the Valhalla N.Y accident. The majority of train related fatalities are due to interactions with vehicular traffic at road grade crossings and in 2009 alone there were 247 fatalities.

PTC is designed to prevent “train to train collisions, over speed derailments, incursions into established zones by vehicles, and movement through a switch left in the wrong position” Railroads across the country are mandated to design a PTC system “best suited” for the Carrier’s need to prevent Railway crossing accidents like the recent Metro North Gate Signal incident.

However, all PTC systems share certain characteristics, including use of radio communications to provide in-cab signals to the train engineer and the ability for the dispatcher to stop a train in an emergency.

The question that is posed by the Valhalla tragedy is how close is Metro-North Commuter Railroad in their PTC design to prevent future injuries before the 12/31/2015 deadline?

Please call or email your Congressperson today.


Subway Train Derails in Queens

A subway train with more than 1000 passengers inside derailed in Queens this morning, injuring 12 passengers and requiring an evacuation of those onboard. According to initial reports, at least four passengers suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalization.

The accident occurred at 10:40 a.m. on Friday, May 02, when the express F train derailed near the 65th Street station in Woodside, causing 6 of the 8 cars to leave the track. Authorities have yet to identify a cause for the accident, noting that the tracks were relatively new and that the accident occurred far away from any switch that might increase the risk of something going wrong. The operator and conductor will be tested for intoxication.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our thoughts go out to those injured in this accident, and we will provide updated information as it becomes available.


Metro-North railway derailment causes about $9M in damage

On Tuesday, January 14 officials confirmed that the December 1 derailment of the Metro-North commuter train amounted to nearly $9 million in damages. The train derailed in the Bronx, killed four people, and caused serious injury to 60 people.

In a two-page report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Metro-North ascertained that the amount covers repairs on the damaged locomotive, coaches, and track.

Marjorie Anders, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, clarified that the specified amount did not include any costs from personal injury lawsuits.

The report did not indicate whether the cause of the accident was human error or whether mechanical defects caused the derailment.

The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, extend our sincere condolences to those affected by the train derailment.

 

 


Metro-North train derails in the Bronx, kills four people

Earl Weener, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said that the Metro-North Railroad commuter train crashed on Sunday, December 1 because it was traveling at a speed of 82 mph on a 30 mph curve.

The train’s speed at the time of the incident was retrieved from the train’s data recorders. The train derailed and crashed in the Bronx, resulting in the death of four people. The curve on the tracks required that all trains reduce their speed from the typical traveling speed of 70 mph to 30 mph.

Weener was unable to clarify whether the derailment was the result of human error or mechanical failure.

People injured in serious accidents could sustain life-altering injuries and be subject to paying expensive hospital bills. If you have been the victim in an accident near New York City, contact Hach & Rose, LLP. Call (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney.

 


Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx kills four, injures 67

A Metro-North passenger train that was headed for Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal on Sunday, December 1 suddenly derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City, causing seven of its eight train cars to come off the tracks. As a result of the derailment, four people died and 67 others were injured.

The train, which came from Poughkeepsie and had 150 passengers onboard, was just 10 miles north of its destination when the accident happened.

According to New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff, three of the passengers who died were thrown from the train as it “came off the track and was twisting and turning.” One train car came to a full stop near the Harlem River. The cause of the train accident remains unknown, and results of investigations by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board are pending.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority reported that this was the second time a train came off its tracks along that route. The first accident occurred in July this year and caused a great deal of damage to 1,500 feet of the track.

Our team at Hach & Rose, LLP, knows that many people in New York City and the surrounding areas are greatly affected by this tragedy, and send both our thoughts and condolences to anyone suffering in its aftermath.


Train Accident leaves 4 Dead, 67 injured, in Metro-North Train Derailment on the Hudson Line in the Bronx

With a total of 67 people were injured, 11 critically, the metro-north train accident ranks as one of the worst train accidents in the US in the past decade. The derailment occurred around 7:20 a.m. under the Henry Hudson Bridge on the Hudson Line near the Spuyten Duyvil station. Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, who represents the area is quoted by the New York Times as saying the train accident on the Hudson Line was “certainly the worst one on this line.”

Hach & Rose, LLP, has helped many individuals and families deal with the aftermath of injuries and deaths related to railroad accidents. Attorney Mark Sokoloff has over 25 years helping those who have been injured in train accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in this accident, please contact us to discuss your legal options.


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