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An Amtrak employee is the first to sue the company for personal injury over the deadly train derailment accident that injured more than 200 people and killed eight others on Tuesday in Philadelphia. The plaintiffs are employee Bruce Phillips and his wife Kalita Phillips.

At the time of the train accident Phillips was “deadheading” in a rear car of Amtrak Regional Train 188. Deadheading is when an off-duty crewmember rides the train at no charge.

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An Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway trolley collision this morning, injured a reported seven passengers according to WCVB.com and Boston.com.

The accident occurred around 6:40 Wednesday morning on the Mattapan line in Dorchester just outside of the Butler Street station, as the trolleys were en route toward Ashmont. An out-of-service trolley car, luckily carrying no passengers at the time, apparently hit another trolley, which was carrying passengers, an MBTA spokesperson told reporters.

The spokesman also stated that there were at least seven people who were injured in the collision; several reported experiencing some back pain, as well as minor bumps and bruises. Two of the injured individuals included trolley operators.
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A woman died after she was hit by a train at the Downtown Crossing Station last night. The Red Line was bound for Braintree. The victim was reportedly hit as the train approached the station. The fatal Boston train accident caused serious delays on both the Orange and Red lines.

According to one witness, the woman had been standing with a companion on the platform but leaning over the cautionary yellow line. Media reports are speculating that she may have fell onto the track or purposely jumped in front of the train.

Last night’s Boston train accident comes a little over a week after another person, a man, was struck by and then trapped under an Orange Line train at Haymarket Station. He died from his injuries. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said that victim was trespassing in the right of away when the incident happened.

Nearly 11 months since a Metro-North train derailed in New York City, killing four people and injuring dozens more passengers, federal investigators believe they have reached a conclusion as to what caused the horrific wreck.

According to WCVB reports, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is prepared to announce today the probable causes of the December 1, 2013 train derailment and address four other Metro-North accidents in both New York and Connecticut, which all occurred within 11 months in 2013 and 2014.

The NTSB said it has poured over hundreds of documented findings from the investigations. It is only now that the board has reached probable conclusions as to why the crash occurred. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut stated that he has seen the report, which, according to Blumenthal, “document[s] the cascading catastrophes over a single year illustrating the urgent need for dramatic upgrades and improvements in safety and reliability.”

Though no confirmation has yet been made, early reports in April suggested that the engineer of the derailed train, William Rockefeller, suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea, which ultimately interrupted his sleep dozens of times each night. Likely, Rockefeller was overly drowsy at the time the accident occurred, according to these preliminary reports. Investigators questioned Rockefeller on whether he was clearheaded enough to realize he was hitting the curve at such a high rate of speed, to which Rockefeller replied, “apparently not.”

According to WCVB, other accidents within the 11-month span include a derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that injured more than 50 people on May 17, 2013; the death of a track foreman who was hit by a train in West Haven, Connecticut, on May 28, 2013; the derailment of a freight train on Metro-North tracks in the Bronx on July 18, 2013; and the death of a Metro-North electrician who was hit by a train in Manhattan on March 10, 2014.
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Three people were killed overnight when an Amtrak train and a sport utility vehicle collided with one another in Mansfield, Massachusetts. All three of the victims were SUV occupants. No one on the train was hurt.

Authorities say that the train was moving at about 125 miles per hour when the Massachusetts train-SUV accident happened. They are trying to figure out where the SUV came onto the tracks. The debris field is at least one mile long, which is making the vehicle’s entry point hard to identify.

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An elderly Framingham woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a commuter rail train in downtown Framingham earlier this week.

The woman was struck by an inbound train near the Framingham rail station and it is still unclear as to how or why the accident occurred. The woman was medflighted to a Boston-area hospital for treatment of serious injuries and she is expected to make a full recovery.

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Whether you are someone who utilizes public transit on a daily basis or only occasionally, there is always a risk of injury as the result of human error (such as an operator’s behavior), equipment failure, as well as unsafe conditions on commuting premises. Unsafe conditions can be present in a number of locations, including at bus and train stations, on station platforms, on stairways and stairwells, and on entryways, and exits.
When these types of accidents occur, victims inevitably wonder what their next step should be along with recovery from their injuries. Common concerns may include payment for medical bills, compensation for lost wages because an injury prevents a normal work schedule, property damage, pain and suffering, and long-term care and disability.

No matter what the specific details of your incident, the attorneys at the law offices at Altman & Altman have the knowledge and experience to assist clients in filing a claim against the parties responsible for their injuries and help them achieve the financial compensation they deserve and are entitled to. In addition to assisting clients receive financial relief, we also connect clients with some of the most respected and knowledgeable health professionals to ensure that they receive the highest level of care available.
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According to CTA union president Robert Kelly, the operator of the Blue Line train involved in a train crash at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago early Monday morning may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The train train jumped the platform and went up an escalator.

Over 30 people were injured in the CTA train crash. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the accident. After the train crash, the eight-car train remained stuck on the escalator so investigators could try to figure out what happened.

At approximately 12:30pm on Monday, March 10th, an MBTA Green line train heading outbound toward Riverside derailed and struck a wall near the Beacon Street portal where the D and C lines intersect, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Multiple minor injuries were reported, with conflicting accounts coming from Boston EMS and MBTA Transit Police. Boston EMS reported via Twitter that 10 people, including the train operator, were taken to local hospital, while MBTA Transit police reported six injuries. Four people, including the operator of the derailed car reported having back pain following the crash, according to WHDH. Though most of the injuries reported were from the derailed train, some passengers in a train directly behind the accident were treated for injuries as the operator had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the disabled train.

According to the verified MBTA Twitter page, service between Kenmore and Fenway on the D line and Kenmore and St. Mary’s Street on the C line was shut down for the remainder of the day. Crews worked through the night to make sure MBTA service returned to normal this morning just after 5:00am.
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Officials investigating the train that derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in Bronx, New York over the weekend believe human error may have been the main cause of the fatal incident.

The passenger train, which was en route to New York City early Sunday morning, jumped the tracks after going into a curve at 82 mph, nearly three times the speed limit. Four people were killed and dozens more were injured.

Anthony Bottalico, the leader of the rail employees union and the representative for William Rockfeller, the engineer responsible for the crash, said that human error was what may have caused the accident. On the day of the crash, Rockefeller was on the second day of a five-day workweek and reported for duty at 5:04 a.m. after working a typical, nine-hour shift the day before. According to Bottalico, Rockfeller said that he had been in a daze and that his mind had been wandering when he realized the train was in trouble. Rockfeller allegedly caught himself dozing off, and put the train into emergency only six seconds before the train and seven of its cars jumped off the tracks.

National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said that investigators have not yet found any evidence that there were any mechanical issues with the train and New York law enforcement officials have launched a separate investigation to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Rockfeller. Alcohol and drugs have not been cited as factors in the accident, and officials are still investigating the cause.
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According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sending and reading text messages with a hands-free devices or talking on a cell phone without using your hands while driving are no less distracting than doing these activities manually. The AAA’s study comes as voice-activated technologies that let people talk, text, and Facebook while driving continue to grow in popularity. This is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston injury lawyers if you believe that your car crash injuries or a loved one’s death was caused by a negligent driver.

Per the study, which sought to gauge how mental or cognitive distraction affect driving, even these hands-free devices don’t take away the mental distraction that can arise from engaging in so many other activities while operating a motor vehicle. As the mind becomes more distracted, the brain’s reaction capabilities slow down, as does its ability to detect vital cues on the road, including pedestrians and stop signs.

These findings are important for hands-free device manufacturers and also makers to know so that they can make sure that consumers don’t end up thinking that these types of products make it safer to text and talk while driving. AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet even called the surge in hands-free technology a “public safety crisis” just waiting to happen.

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