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More than 100 Reported Injured in New Jersey Commuter Train Crash

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More than 100 Reported Injured in New Jersey Commuter Train Crash

I was horrified to read the news reports this morning about a New Jersey Transit train crash at the station in Hoboken.

The incident is still unfolding but there are reports of hundreds of injuries and one death. Pictures posted on social media showed serious damage to the train station. Initial reports suggest the train was traveling too fast and hit a platform. A report on Fox News said more than 100 people were reported to be injured and passengers were trapped in the mangled wreckage at the station at Hoboken, NJ.

The crash involved the No. 1614 Pascack Valley Line service. It left Spring Valley in New York at 7:23 a.m. and was meant to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38 a.m. Some reports suggested the train was running late.

Witnesses at the station said the train never slowed down as it approached. It crashed through barriers at the terminal's reception area. Major structural damage was reported at the Lackawana Station, including mangled beams and a crushed wall. The crash took place around 8:30 a.m., a peak time during the morning commute into New York City.

The crash brought down part of the roof of the terminal. Leon Offengenden, a passenger quoted in a CNN report, was in one of the sections close to the lead car when the crash occurred.

He said the leading car was off the rails and ended up smashed into the station building with the roof collapsed around it.

The extent of the injuries caused by this crash was not immediately known, emergency responders said. A search-and-rescue team is at the scene to help shore up the station and get injured people off the train.

Authorities say there are no initial suggestions the train crash was a deliberate act.

My thoughts are with all of those who are injured and the families of those who lost a loved one. We see far too many train crashes in the United States. Last year’s terrible Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured hundreds, was just the latest in a long serious of serious wrecks on America’s railroads. Railroads have pledged to invest in new technology but the crashes keep happening.

If you have been injured in a rail crash or lost a loved one, call our experienced passengers train accident lawyers today 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

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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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