Train Accidents

Speeding amtrak train

Last week, our blog discussed how positive train control (PTC) can prevent passenger train crashes. In December, Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed after going around a turn at almost 50 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. The crash resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries. Investigators with the National…

Train derailment

December’s Amtrak crash in DuPont, Washington killed three people and caused multiple injuries. Investigators discovered the train was speeding through a curve at roughly 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit when it derailed. Positive train control (PTC) is a technology that is designed to prevent train collisions, overspeed derailments,…

Train derailment

Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed above an overpass in DuPont, Washington. According to Pierce County officials, Amtrak Train 501 was travelling along a new route when it derailed above an overpass on Interstate 5. Railcars fell off the overpass and crushed vehicles below. Photos…

Speeding amtrak train

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a recommendation to SEPTA and the Federal Railroad Administration that calls for the installation of cameras on all rail-transit vehicles. According to the NTSB, inward and outward-facing cameras could help determine what crewmembers were doing in the moments before a train crash….

WABC-TV recently featured a report updating the aftermath Hoboken train crash. Specifically, the news story focused on whether New Jersey Transit has been testing its train operators for sleep apnea more since the incident. This is due to the fact that following the Hoboken train wreck, the locomotive’s engineer was diagnosed…

A fatal bus-train accident that happened earlier this month continues to make headlines as the findings from the investigation into what caused it come to light. Per WPMI-TV, the railroad crossing where the crash took place has a history of accidents due to design defects. And now, information has surfaced that the…

Train derailment

According to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) investigation has unearthed several safety violations within the New Jersey Transit train system. The FRA review began in the spring well before the Hoboken train accident in September that left over 100 injured and claimed one woman’s life. What Types…

family hugging after wrongful death

In the wake of the Hoboken train crash that left one woman dead and more than 100 others injured, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered. What led to the train wreck? How can we keep train wrecks like this from happening? Until we can figure…

fred-and-todd-amtrak-cle

A recent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation involved an in-depth review of the historic $265 million Amtrak settlement. The CLE was held at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 22 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., partner…

man and older woman hugging after tragedy

Authorities, including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), are still trying to figure out what led to the deadly Hoboken train accident that happened at the end of September. One woman was killed and over 100 were injured as a result of the train crash, which we wrote…