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Fatal Train Accident Claims Lives of 6

Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 18, 2015 in Wrongful Death

Each day trains transport passengers to and from New York City. Some of the people who ride those trains are actually residents of the state of Connecticut who utilize the mode of transportation to get to work each weekday. On most of these occasions the trip is uneventful and passengers are safely delivered to their destination. On some occasions however, injury indicting accidents do occur. 

Readers may remember that this happened several weeks ago when a commuter train was involved in a collision with a sport utility vehicle that was on the tracks in the way of the train. Following the impact the SUV broke in two and a fire broke out when the electrified third rail actually pierced the first railcar. A total of six people died in the accident including the person who was behind the wheel of the SUV. In addition, 15 people were hurt. Fire and smoke were the cause of most of the injuries and death.

The reason the SUV was on the train tracks was not initially clear though several agencies immediately launched investigations into the matter. There were reports that the driver of the SUV actually exited her vehicle to check for damage when the crossing arm designed to keep vehicles off the tracks, came down on her car.

When incidents of this nature occur it is not uncommon for lawsuits to be filed by the injured and the families of those who died to try to recoup damages for the injuries and losses. To be successful in a lawsuit of this nature it must be showed that negligence on the part of those named as defendants contributed to the accident and injuries occurring. A licensed New Haven personal injury lawyer may be able to help.