Bronx Train Crash Kills 4, Injures over 60 More
On Sunday December 1, 2013, a Metro-North train heading from Poughkeepsie tragically crashed in the Bronx. The incident killed 4 people and left more than 60 others injured, 11 of them critically.
According to an NBC News Investigations article, the black box recording devices salvaged from the wreckage revealed the train was speeding-82 mph in a 70 mph zone, when it entered a curve. As the curve in the track began, the train was still travelling 82 mph. The speed limit for the area was 30 mph.
One of the first questions after a tragic event like this is: Why? According to a CNN article released today, train engineer William Rockefeller Jr. told press that he was “nodding off” and caught himself too late. According to the article, the train had what is known as a “dead man’s pedal,” or an emergency brake system used if the conductor becomes incapacitated for whatever reason. However, the investigation has not yet concluded that the system activated.
We here at Ashcraft & Gerel would first and foremost like to express our condolences to those families affected by this terrible accident. We encourage all of the families suffering to contact an attorney to ensure that your rights and the rights of our loved ones are protected.
The legal team at Ashcraft & Gerel is experienced in representing victims and their families in these tragic instances. We have handled cases from across the country. Most recently, we have represented miners injured in the a West Virginia coal mine collapse and are currently litigating on behalf of individuals injured when a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West, Texas. In these and all of our cases we have dedicated our ourselves to protect the interests of our clients and their families when tragedy strikes.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the Bronx train derailment contact us online today or call at 800-829-7037 for a free and confidential consultation.