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Personal Injury Lawyer Nyc: 60 People Injured In A Train Accident

Personal injury lawyer NYC and The National Transportation Safety Board might have reasons to believe that the accident (a Metro-North train derailed and was hit by an oncoming train in Connecticut) that resulted in more than 60 hospitalized on the 17th of May 2013 could have been sabotage.

According to the report on New York Daily News, officials said a New Haven-bound commuter train flew off the tracks near the Fairfield station during a “major derailment” at 6:10 p.m. and collided with a Manhattan-bound Metro-North train on an adjacent track.

It was unclear how fast the two trains were going, but Anthony Bottalico, a general chairman for the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, estimated that the New Haven-bound train was going more than 60 mph before derailing.

“It’s a miracle nobody was killed,” he said, speculating that a rail either broke or was pushed out of alignment under the train’s weight. Personal injury lawyer NYC might get involved to help clarifying the causes of the accident.

According to the report, both the tracks and the overhead wires that power the trains were damaged, officials said.
The Manhattan-bound train apparently clipped the front of the derailed train then scraped along its side, officials said.
About 700 people were thrown about the two trains when they collided, said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

“It’s clear these cars came into contact and ripped off at least a portion of siding of one of the cars,” Connecticut Gov. Dannell P. Malloy told reporters. “(There was) extensive damage in the front and the wheels and that system is sticking into the other train.”

It wasn’t a straight head-on collision, but the fronts of the two trains struck each other,” Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

Malloy said 60 passengers were rushed to St. Vincent’s and Bridgeport hospitals. Five were in critical condition, and one was in very critical condition, Malloy said. It is not known if those five passengers are going to be able to continue with their normal life after the accident or if they are going to need ongoing treatment, Personal injury lawyer NYC would help them to get compensation to cover medical bills, treatment and anything they need to ensure their life quality.

The two engineers who operate the trains were not seriously harmed, Donovan said — an indication that the accident could have been much worse, report said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation with the FBI, the Connecticut Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Railroad Administration to determine the cause of the derailment, but Malloy doesn’t believe the rails were sabotaged; besides, Personal injury lawyer NYC or any attorney working on the case will insist on establishing the facts to be able to discard a sabotage.

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John C. Merlino, ESQ.

John C. Merlino, ESQ.

John C. Merlino is a zealous legal voice for injured construction workers. A senior managing member of the firm, Mr. Merlino was born and raised in Brooklyn, to immigrant parents. Mr. Merlino learned the importance of educating our clients of their rights and being a strong-compassionate advocate. Mr. Merlino, along with his mentor William Schwitzer, are among the most respected Construction Site Accident Lawyers in the State of New York.