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Commuter Train is Sideswiped in Long Island, Injuring 33

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Commuter Train is Sideswiped in Long Island, Injuring 33

The second commuter train crash with injuries this month has raised new questions about the safety of these kids of services.

Another crash in the New York area left 33 people injured, four of them seriously, reported the New York Times.

A Long Island Rail Road trains carrying about 600 people sideswiped a maintenance train on Saturday night.

The impact sheared several chunks off the commuter train cars which derailed just east of the New Hyde Park station in Nassau County. Passengers were trapped in the dark for an hour as rescue workers tried to free them.

The crash raised further concerns about the safety of commuter services in the New York area. The crash took place just over a week after a train hit a platform in Hoboken in New Jersey, killing one woman at the station and injuring more than 100.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said the latest crash could have been a lot worse and may have easily resulted in a loss of life. He alluded to the deep gashes in the steel along the sides of the derailed carriages.

The most recent commuter train crash occurred just after 9 p.m. on Saturday. A track maintenance train was moving on an adjacent line when it entered the space of the commuter train. The Federal Railroad Administration is looking into the latest incident.

This spring a maintenance crew was also involved in a serious train crash. An Amtrak train hit their work vehicle near Chester in Pennsylvania, killing two workers on the track.

The most serious railroad accident in recent years was in Philadelphia in 2015. On May 12 last year a high-speed Amtrak derailment killed eight people and injured about 200.

Lawsuits were brought after the wreck. The train derailed as it took a curve at 112 mph. Questions were asked about the role of the conductor in this crash as well as when automated systems will make the railroads safer.

There is little sign that our railroads will become safer places any time soon. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a train crash, please call our experienced railroad accident lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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