Philadelphia Train Crash Injures More than 30 People

Positive train control could have prevented the derailment of Amtrak Cascades Train 501.

Photo of a trainThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the train crash that occurred last week just outside of Philadelphia. More than 30 of the 42 passengers on the commuter train suffered injuries. Four passengers were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. According to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the commuter train collided with a parked train car at the 69th Street Terminal Center in Upper Darby.

A passenger who was interviewed by NBC Philadelphia claims the train had overshot two stops prior to the crash. Another passenger claims the train’s engineer appeared rushed before the crash and was speeding.

Our Firm Helps Philadelphia Train Crash Victims and Their Families

Over the last several years, there have been multiple commuter train accidents in or around Philadelphia, some of which resulted in catastrophic injuries and deaths. Earlier this year, a Market-Frankford El subway train crashed into two other trains. Four people were injured in the incident.

In May of 2015, Amtrak Train No. 188 derailed after an engineer accelerated around a curve. A federal investigation determined the train’s engineer was travelling at 106 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone before the derailment. According to investigators, the engineer was speeding because he was distracted and lost track of his location. Eight people died and more than 200 people suffered injuries.

The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. helped secure the record $265 million verdict for the victims of this crash and their families. In the video below, attorney Fredric S. Eisenberg discusses the Amtrak Train No. 188 settlement with CBS News.



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