Major Accidents

Arkansas Train Accident - Passenger & Freight Train Collision

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A train accident involving a Arkansas & Missouri Railroad passenger train and freight train occurred on October 16, 2014, near Brentwood, Arkansas. 

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad fall foliage excursion train was stalled on the tracks at the time of the head-on train collision with the freight train. 

Victims of the train accident, both injured passengers and injured crew members, have been taken to local area hospitals, including Northwest Medical Center and Washington Regional Medical Center.  The exact cause of the train accident in Arkansas is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

If you have suffered an injury on the railroad, the train accident attorneys of Hoey & Farina can help.  We are experienced train injury lawyers with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury claims against railroads throughout the United States.  Call Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation.

 

Metra Rock Island Train Near Derailment

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Metra Rock Island Near Derailment June 2 2014

Metra’s Rock Island train # 400 from Joliet to Chicago experienced a near derailment June 2, 2014.  According to Metra passengers on the train that morning, as the Rock Island was traveling between stops, approaching the 35th Street Station, the train unexpectedly switched tracks.  Passengers stated that the Rock Island train does not normally switch tracks in that area and was traveling at the train's normal rate of speed, approximately 60 mph, when the near derailment occurred.

Metra passengers and conductors working on the Metra train were injured when they were tossed about as the train cars nearly came off of the tracks.  Some Metra passengers on the upper level of the first car were nearly thrown over the railing.  According to one Metra passenger, if another passenger had not grabbed him, he would have fallen over the railing to the level below.

Metra is investigating the near derailment on the Rock Island #400 train.

If you have suffered an injury on a Metra train, the Chicago personal injury lawyers of Hoey & Farina can help. We are experienced train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury cases against railroads, like Metra. Call Hoey & Farina at 888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your FREE CONSULTATION.

CTA Blue Line Accident

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September 30, 2013, 8 a.m. - Two CTA trains collided on Chicago's Blue Line this morning causing 33 injured passengers to be transported to local area hospitals.  The CTA train accident in Forest Park, Illinois happened when one CTA train collided with an "out-of-service" train.  Early reports are that the "out-of-service" train appears to have been moving on the tracks with no trainman inside.  Further, the out-of-service train is believed to have passed through several areas with mechanisms in place meant to stop a train if there were problems ahead.  

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating why the Chicago Blue Line train accident occurred.   (If the looming government shut down occurs tomorrow, the CTA train accident  investigation by the NTSB will continue as the investigation is considered "essential services".)

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury due to this CTA train accident, the Chicago personal injury lawyers of Hoey & Farina can help. We are experienced train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury cases against railroads, like the CTA. Call Hoey & Farina at 888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.

Train Accident in Rockview Missouri

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Rockview Missouri CSX UP Train Accident

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, a BNSF freight train was t-boned by a UP train, which caused a train derailment. A UP train engineer and crew member was injured in the train collision. Several passengers in cars driving on an involved overpass which collapsed, also were injured in the train accident.

The BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific train accident occurred just a little over a week after two Metro-North commuter trains collided in Connecticut, injuring more than 70 people.

The NTSB is investigating to determine the cause of this Missouri train accident, whether failed signals, train speed or possible other causes played a part. This is the second train accident involving the UP on this area of tracks so far in 2013. The NTSB determined the cause of the January 2013 train accident to be weather related.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to a train accident, Hoey & Farina can help. We are experienced FELA lawyers / train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury cases against railroads. Call Hoey & Farina at 888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.

Metro-North Train Accident - Fractured Rails?

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On Friday May 17, 2013, two Metro-North commuter trains in Bridgeport, Connecticut collided, leaving more than 70 rush-hour passengers and crew members injured in the train accident. 

The FBI’s investigation quickly ruled out any foul play. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) is investigating whether a fractured rail played a part in the train derailment, and when the fractured occurred.  (Read more regarding the importance of track inspections.)   In addition to investigating the railroad tracks, the NTSB will look into other possible causes of the Metro-North Railroad train accident, including:  train signals, speed, brakes, wheels, crew and construction in the rail area.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to a train accident, Hoey & Farina can help. We are experienced FELA lawyers / train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury cases against railroads. Call Hoey & Farina at 888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.

Fatal Freight-Train Accident in Northbrook

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A freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed on Union Pacific tracks in Northbrook, Illinois, on July 4, 2012.

Initially, authorities believed there were no injuries involved in the train accident, and attributed the nearby Fourth of July festivities to there being less traffic in that area at the time of the accident. However, once the cleanup of the train accident began, it became apparent there was a car buried underneath the train wreckage and spilled coal. Cleanup crews discovered two victims in the car, Burton Lindner and Zorine Lindner of Glenview, Illinois, and are fear more cars / victims from this train accident may be found as the anticipated months long cleanup continues.

The National Transportation Safety Board and railroad officials are investigating the cause of the freight-train accident. Under investigation is whether:

  • Excessive heat played any part in the train derailment;
  • A mechanical failure contributed to the train accident; and
  • The bridge collapse caused the train accident, or the train derailment caused the bridge collapse.

The location of this train accident has experienced other train derailments in the past. Additionally, the railroad overpass for the bridge which collapsed had just been reconstructed last summer.

And, only hours before this train accident, Union Pacific track inspectors and monitoring equipment had been on the very tracks involved in the derailment, checking for possible kinks in the rail which can be caused by the excessively hot temperatures Chicagoland has been experiencing in July.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to a train accident, Hoey & Farina can help. We are experienced FELA lawyers / train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury cases against railroads. Call Hoey & Farina at 888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.

 

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