The widow of a Union Pacific Railroad engineer who died in a train collision last October filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company after an apparent mechanical brake malfunction. On the day of the incident, engineer Jason Martinez's train was heading east to North Platte, Nebraska, when the train's crew realized the brakes were malfunctioning. The crew alerted Union Pacific Railroad dispatch center and informed them that the train had accelerated to 50 mph and was unable to stop. The train ultimately collided with another train that was stopped on the tracks about 18 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming. No one was in the stopped train at the time of collision.
Over 40 lawsuits have been filed against NJ Transit by the people who were injured in the September 29, 2016 Hoboken train crash. One person was killed and more than 100 others injured when a commuter train sped into the terminal and crashed through a bumping post. The individuals who filed suit include people who were on the train and on the platform.
Fifteen charter bus passengers filed suit following a collision at a train crossing that left forty injured and another four dead. The lawsuit seeks more than $250 million in damages on negligence and product liability claims against the bus, tour, and train companies involved.
On March 7, 2017, a tour bus carrying senior citizens from Texas was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi. The bus had come from the Austin area and was transporting passengers to one of Biloxi's casinos. Four people died as a result of the crash. Those killed have been identified as Peggy and Ken Hoffman from Lockhart, Texas, Clinton Havran of Sealy, Texas, and Deborah Orr of Bastron, Texas. Thirty-five people were hospitalized.
Two bus crashes made today's news.
On September 29th, 2016, a train was less than a minute from Hoboken station cruising in below the regulated speed of 10mph when, suddenly and without warning, the train accelerated to 21mph, double the regulated speed and crashed into the barrier at the end of the rail. When the train collided with the barrier it was launched through the wall and into the waiting area, killing one woman and injuring over 100 people.
On Monday, May 18, 2015, four passengers of Train 188 sued Amtrak in federal court in Philadelphia for injuries suffered from the crash that occurred while the train was in route from Washington D.C. to New York City. Additionally, two other suits were filed Monday, one in federal court in Manhattan and the other in state court in Newark.
Most of the attention to the horrific May 12 Amtrak derailment has focused on what could have been done to prevent it (delays in implementing an automatic speed control system) and the carnage it caused (eight dead and 200 injured, many seriously). Yet the wounded passengers and their loved ones can't dwell on the crash; they must look to the future as they pick of the pieces of their shattered lives and work to put them back together. Infuriatingly, however, Congress will tie their hands as they try to do so.
In Philadelphia, an Amtrak train crashed and killed seven people. Over 200 passengers were injured. Investigators are trying to determine why the train derailed while rounding a curve. The speed limit just before the curve is 70 mph. The speed limit on the curve is 50 mph. One source claims it is believed the train was traveling in excess of 100 mph, which is about twice the 50 mph speed limit for the curve it was in.
An appellate court in Illinois recently reviewed whether it is "reasonably foreseeable" for a person's body parts to hit an innocent bystander awaiting a train's arrival on a platform, after the train collided with that person. Calling it a "tragically bizarre" case, that court determined it was.