Passengers traveling Amtrak from New York to Georgia on a quiet Sunday morning were shaken when their train crashed into a piece of construction equipment on the tracks, killing the two workers operating the machinery. The accident occurred just south of Philadelphia and less than a year after another Amtrak train derailed and crashed in the city itself, causing eight people to lose their lives.
The tragic crash last spring was caused by the train traveling at an excessive speed going into a curve. It could have possibly been prevented if certain automated controls on the tracks put into place to slow a train down were operational. Aside from the eight fatalities, over 200 people were injured and service on the very busy stretch of tracks used by Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and SEPTA Regional Rail was disrupted for days.
Amtrak’s problems have not been limited to accidents near major cities. Less than three weeks before this latest crash, a train traveling through rural Kansas derailed after the engineer applied the emergency brakes when he noticed that part of the rail ahead was bent. Thankfully, no one was killed and only 32 of the 128 passengers and 14 crew members on board were injured.
The investigation into the crash outside Philadelphia is ongoing as officials try to uncover why the backhoe was on the active tracks. The passenger accounts in each of these incidents are frightening as they recall being thrown around inside train cars or having to duct from debris flying through the air. With so many people using our country’s railways and subways, this is something no train passenger should ever have to experience. If you have been injured in any type of train accident, it can be a long, expensive and emotional road to recovery. Contact an experienced attorney at Finz & Finz P.C., to help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to.