In the wake of two recent Connecticut Train Accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is scheduling a single investigative hearing for in the fall. During the hearing, officials will examine the causes of the incidents as well as how to prevent such accidents in the future.
On May 17, a Metro-North train heading east came off of its set of tracks and was truck by a westbound locomotive near the towns of Bridgeport and Fairfield. A total of 76 people were seriously injured as a result of the crash.
According to The Greenwich Daily Voice, just 11 days later in West Haven, a train heading west struck a track foreman who was working in the area, killing him. The set of tracks where the accident occurred was supposedly closed for maintenance.
These incidents prompted the NTSB to call for secondary protections to be enacted for railroad workers who are conducting duties along closed sets of tracks. Now though, the NTSB wants to look at other ways to help prevent accidents.
During the hearing being held on October 22 and 23 in Washington D.C., officials plan to discuss what contributing factors may have led to the recent train accidents and how similar situations can be prevented in the future.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers hope the hearing will help officials determine how to better protect railroad employees and the public from the dangers of train accidents.