Railroad Injuries News

Train crash in D.C. leaves 9 dead, 80 injured

June 23rd, 2009

A Washington, D.C. Metro train collided with another stationary train on Monday, causing the deaths of nine on board and 80 injuries. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the train crash to determine why the moving train failed to stop before the collision. More »

Investigators confirm Metrolink driver was texting seconds before crash

October 2nd, 2008

Federal investigators have confirmed reports that the driver of the Metrolink commuter train involved in the recent Chatsworth train crash was sending and receiving text messages on his cell phone just seconds before colliding with an oncoming freight train. Of the 222 people traveling on the Metrolink train, 25 were killed and 135 more were injured in what is the worst U.S. train accident in the last 15 years.

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Metrolink train wreck in Chatsworth claims 25 lives

September 14th, 2008

A Metrolink commuter train traveling northbound from Los Angeles collided with an oncoming freight train near Chatsworth on Friday, killing at least 25 passengers and crew members and injuring 135. Of the 81 people taken to the hospital with injuries from the Chatsworth train crash, at least 40 were listed in critical condition as of Saturday.

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Railroad worker files FELA lawsuit

June 4th, 2007

A railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against a company that he says was responsible for injuries he suffered on the job. Eldwin Garrett has accused the BNSF Railway Co. of negligence under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in connection with injuries he suffered last year.

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Lawsuit filed in New York railroad crossing accident

March 14th, 2007

The father of a New York man who was killed in a railroad crossing accident has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the operator of the train that killed his son. Steven Bello says that CSX Corp. was “careless and negligent” for failing to install adequate safety or warning systems at the crossing where the car driven by his son, Christopher, was struck by a train.

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Railroad worker awarded $1.1M in accident lawsuit

January 13th, 2007

Reginald Booker, a former worker with CSX Railroad in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded $1.07 million in his railroad injury lawsuit against his old employer. Booker was injured in September 2003 after he was nearly crushed beneath a railroad car. Because of the railroad accident, he suffered nerve, vertebrae and pelvis injuries, and can no longer work.

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Railroad worker wins $1.8M chemical exposure lawsuit

October 25th, 2006

A former railroad worker from Kentucky has been awarded a $1.8 million verdict in a chemical exposure lawsuit against his former employer. Terry Williams alleged that he was exposed to a cleaning solvent while working for CSX Transportation and suffered permanent brain damage as a result.

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Jury awards Kentucky man $1.8M in railroad case

September 15th, 2006

A former railroad worker who claimed that his use of cleaning solvents caused permanent brain damage has been awarded $1.8 million by a jury in Louisville, Kentucky.

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NTSB rules on cause of deadly South Carolina train accident

November 29th, 2005

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the crew of a Norfolk Southern train failed to follow company rules, causing a railroad accident that left 14 cars derailed. Three of them contained chlorine, one of which released at least 90 tons of the gas into the environment of Graniteville, South Carolina on January 6, 2005.

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Oversight on railroad crossing safety projects has deadly results

February 18th, 2005

Most of the United States’ 150,000 railroad crossings have no warning lights or gates. But that has been changing in recent years because, according to safety experts, warning lights and gates are the main reason for a decline in railroad crossing accident deaths. Nearly $2 billion has been spent since 1973 to make railroad crossings safer, preventing these train accidents.

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