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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