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Railroad Investigators Seek Clues After Hoboken, NJ Train Crash

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Railroad Investigators Seek Clues After Hoboken, NJ Train Crash

Just days after a serious train crash that injured more than 100 and killed a woman in New Jersey, investigators recovered one of two event recorders on the train only to find it wasn’t working.

The device was meant to provide vital clues as to why the train was hurtling past its stopping point at the Hoboken station, striking a concourse and causing serious damage to the station. Now investigators are looking for a second device beneath the station wreckage.

The scene from the train crash in New Jersey

The wreck is just the latest to be caused by a speeding train in the United States and raises new questions about technology that’s meant to prevent these kinds of wrecks.

The National Transportation Safety Board is seeking clues about the shocking crash on Thursday morning during the busy commute into New York City.

The train was packed with passengers. It hit a bumper block, left the tracks and smashed into the concourse at about 8:45 a.m. during rush hour. The wreckage killed a woman who was waiting on the platform and injured more than 100 others.

The event recorders may provide vital information about the speed the train was traveling at and whether the driver braked.

Investigators from the NTSB interviewed train crew members, including the engineer, a brakeman, and a conductor.  Blood and urine samples were sent off to a laboratory for toxicology tests.

In all, 114 people who were on the train and the platform were injured Four patients remained in local hospitals on Friday evening. Three were reported to be in a stable condition but one remained in intensive care.

The sole fatality was named as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old woman. She died after she was hit by debris on the platform, according to reports.

This serious train crash occurred more than a year after an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that killed eight and injured dozens of passengers.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we help passengers who have been hurt in train crashes. We also help railroad workers who are injured on the job. While the railroads are safer places than our interstates, there are still far too many serious crashes that kill and main passengers or commuters. If you have been hurt in a train crash call our railroad team today at (757) 455-0077.

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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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