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Speeding Suspected in New York Train Derailment that Killed Four

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Four passengers were killed and dozens of others were injured when a Metro-North Railroad train became derailed as it navigated a sharp curve near the Harlem River.

About the New York Train Accident

  • The train departed from Poughkeepsie in the early morning hours of December 1 and was carrying roughly 120 passengers towards Grand Central Terminal when all seven of its passenger cars derailed a few feet from Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.
  • According to Bloomberg, four passengers were pronounced dead while an additional 67 passengers were injured.
  • One passenger has suffered serious injuries to his spinal cord which may result in paralysis. 11 others remain in critical condition.
  • The crash marks the first fatal accident in Metro-North’s 30 year history.

Investigation into the New York Train Derailment

  • The National Transportation Safety Board has several investigators looking into the accident.
  • The investigators have been broken up into four teams examining the train’s signals, actions taken by the train’s workers, mechanical equipment and the train’s interior. It is the responsibility of the latter group to determine what lead to the injuries and deaths of the passengers.
  • Two black boxes were recovered from the train. One has been sent to Washington for analysis while the other remains at the site.
  • At this point in the investigation, officials are unable to state what caused the accident, but some, like MTA spokes person Marjorie Anders, speculate speed was a contributing factor.
  • According to Anders, the speed limit before the curved section of track is 70 mph, but drops to 30 mph at the curve where the accident took place.
Contact an Experienced Train Accident Attorney

Because of the serious nature of train accidents, quick action is imperative. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter.

At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your case. If you have been the victim of a serious injury from a train crash, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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