On October 22nd and 23rd, the National Transportation Safety Board will hold hearings as part of its investigations into two Metro-North Railroad accidents earlier this year. The two accidents being investigated both occurred on the Metro North New Haven Line.
On May 17th, two Metro North commuter trains collided during rush hour along the corridor from New York City to New Haven, Connecticut, which is one of the nation's busiest tracks. More than 70 people were injured in the collision and derailment, leaving some in serious condition. The Connecticut Train Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers were happy to answer questions from several families. Many of the families we spoke with then chose to work with our firm for their train accident claim.
The Record Online reports that on May 28th, a foreman for the Metro North Railroad was struck and killed by a Metro-North train in West Haven. Two traffic controllers had taken the section of track where the foreman was working out of service at his request. One of those two controllers was an apprentice, and he removed the electronic block about an hour later, without the knowledge of the senior controller, or the foreman.
After the second accident, the NTSB recommended to Metro-North that they provide redundant protection for track maintenance crews who are depending on controllers for signal protection.
These upcoming hearings will include testimony about track inspections, maintenance, passenger car safety, worker protection, and organizational safety culture.
After the investigations and hearings are completed, the NTSB said it will release their determinations of the probable causes for both accidents.
If you were injured in a railroad accident or train accident, the Connecticut Train Accident Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers can help. Contact us today, and we’ll protect your rights and help you to get the compensation you and your family deserve.