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Amtrak Begins Settling Pennsylvania Train Derailment Lawsuits

Jarod Cassidy4 months ago

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Amtrak is beginning to settle dozens of lawsuits filed by passengers who were aboard a speeding train that derailed and crashed in Pennsylvania last year.

About the Pennsylvania Train Derailment

According to Reuters, 243 people were aboard the Amtrak train when it derailed while traveling through Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. The train derailment resulted in eight deaths and 200 injuries.

An investigation into the incident revealed the train entered a curve traveling a more than twice the recommended 50 MPH speed.  The train was thrown form the tracks, resulting in one train car being mangled and two others overturning.

It is believed the engineer operating the train was distracted by radio traffic at the time of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board believes the incident could have been prevented had the track been outfitted with the positive train control safety system.

Details of the Settled Lawsuits

At least two of the lawsuits brought by passengers and employees have been settled.

One of the lawsuits was filed by Jessica Baen, a New York resident who sustained a concussion, cracked ribs and several other injuries in the crash. Baen also claimed that upon regaining consciousness, she saw a passenger who was crushed, and another who was covered in blood amidst the wreckage.

The second lawsuit was filed by a New Jersey woman, Adriana Passamano, who suffered a severe jaw injury resulting in permanent physical damage.

Amtrak would not comment on the lawsuit or the resulting payouts. Federal law limits Amtrak’s liability to $295 million for any single crash.

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