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Amtrak Derailment In Vermont Injures Seven

A Washington D.C.-bound Amtrak train derailed in central Vermont Monday morning, injuring at least seven people, including one seriously. Initial reports say that five cars of the “Vermonter” train, which runs from northern Vermont to D.C., ran off the tracks after hitting a rock slide about 10:30 am. Two of the train cars tumbled over a bank, NBC News reported. One passenger on the train told NBC that the ride was going along smoothly until the engineer slammed on the brakes and “all hell broke loose.” He said he and his wife “were tossed around a bit” but weren’t hurt. ... Read More

Family of Italian national killed on Amtrak 188 files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a businessman from Sardinia, Italy, who was killed in the Amtrak 188 crash in Philadelphia on May 12 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the railroad company. Giuseppe Piras, 39, was visiting the U.S. for two weeks to sell olive oil and wine in New York City when his travels led him aboard Amtrak Train 188, a commuter line running from Washington D.C. to New York City. The train derailed as it entered a curve going more than 50 mph over the speed limit, causing the front train cars to topple over and crash. The crash killed eight passengers ... Read More

Old Liability Cap May Further Harm Amtrak Crash Victims

A $200-million-per-incident cap on Amtrak’s liability for damages caused by train crashes, mandated by Congress in 1997, is inadequate in providing relief for victims of Train 188 that crashed in Philadelphia in May. Since the deadly May 12 derailment, which killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, stories of passengers left with debilitating injuries, mounting medical expenses, and disrupted careers – not to mention the families of those who perished in the crash — have underscored the inadequacy of the congressionally mandated liability limit, which itself has added another level of anxiety and distress to all those facing ... Read More

Rising-star chef sues Amtrak over debilitating injuries sustained in Philadelphia crash

Eli Kulp, a celebrated chef and rising star in the culinary world, was going through his emails on Amtrak Train 188 from Philadelphia to New York City when it derailed and crashed May 12, killing eight people and severely injuring several others, including Mr. Kulp. The 37-year-old chef and restauranteur and father of a 3-year-old son told the New York Post he remembers suddenly flying across the aisle where he struck his neck on the overhead luggage rack. “I immediately knew I was paralyzed,” Mr. Kulp told the New York Post. “I tried to start moving and I couldn’t.” He ... Read More

Amtrak admits it’s liable for Philly train crash

Amtrak admitted it is liable for damages caused by the May 12 derailment of Train 188 in Philadelphia and will not dispute its role in the disaster that killed eight people and injured more than 200, according to lawyers representing some of the plaintiffs seeking compensation. In documents filed Friday in a Philadelphia federal court, Amtrak conceded that its train was “traveling in excess of the allowable speed” when it toppled off the tracks in Philly on its way from Washington D.C. to New York City – an admission that plaintiffs’ lawyers called “an important step” in the litigation process, ... Read More

Amtrak lawsuits mount in wake of deadly Philadelphia crash

Lawsuits continue to mount against Amtrak and engineer Brandon Bostonian alleging the reckless operation of Train 188 caused it to derail and crash in Philadelphia May 12, causing serious personal injuries and other hardships. Newlyweds Declan MacFarland, 34, and Kathryn Varnum, 33, are the latest to file a lawsuit blaming Amtrak for injuries. The couple was on their way to New York from a family visit in Virginia when the train crashed. A lawyer representing the couple told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Varnum received multiple hip and spine fractures and MacFarland received a concussion and other injuries. They were traveling ... Read More

Amtrak train sped more than twice the 50 mph speed limit before deadly crash

The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday was traveling at 106 mph – more than twice the speed limit – when it tumbled from a curve of track, killing eight people and injuring more than 200, federal investigators said. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are focusing their investigation of the derailment on Brandon Bostian, the 32-year-old engineer who was driving the Northeast Regional Amtrak train No. 188 when it crashed, using data from the train’s “black box” recorder to piece together what went wrong. A lawyer representing Mr. Bostian told ABC News that his client “has absolutely no recollection ... Read More

Oil train derailment forces evacuation of North Dakota community

Emergency workers from several North Dakota communities responded Wednesday morning to a fiery oil tanker train derailment that forced the evacuation of the Heimdal community and surrounding farmlands in the central part of the state. Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said that the BNSF tanker train derailed about 7:30 a.m. approximately a mile and a half east of Heimdal, where about three dozen people live. Residents of the community are staying with friends and relatives until authorities deem it safe for them to return. No injuries were reported. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services reported that 10 of ... Read More

Investigators believe fatigue may have played a role in deadly Bronx train crash

Authorities investigating the deadly crash of a Metro-North commuter train in the Bronx, N.Y., Sunday morning believe the engineer driving the train may have fallen asleep, allowing it to accelerate 52 mph over the speed limit ahead of a sharp curve. The derailment killed four passengers and injured about 75 others, including the engineer. William Rockefeller, 45, told supervisors that he hit the brakes as the train approached the curve, but it would not stop. Mr. Rockefeller has been employed by Metro-North for two decades and has been a company engineer for the last 11 years. He had an unblemished ... Read More