NEW YORK CITY –
Train service from New York to Boston was back on schedule May 22, 2013 after a derailment accident in Connecticut, which injured several passengers and damaged local railroad tracks. The transportation line is one of the nation’s oldest railways, and it is heavily traveled by commuters every day.
The accident has been deemed the worst passenger train accident in the U.S. since 2008. According to Bloomberg.com, approximately 700 commuters were aboard the two trains when they collided, and CNN.com reports that roughly 72 were injured in the incident.
U.S. transportation safety regulators were sent to the scene to investigate the accident. Safety advocates are examining operations, the track, maintenance stats and other relevant factors. The National Transportation Safety Board, Connecticut Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are participating in the investigation.
So far, authorities do not know what caused the incident; however, sources indicate that repair work done in the area just weeks before the incident may have weakened the track. In addition, there are reports that the wheels on the trains might have been too tight.
As investigators search for answers, injured victims are retaining the assistance of experienced attorneys in the area. Some have turned to the law firm of Tomkiel & Tomkiel, P.C., who has over 30 years of experience in the field. The firm is working hard to pursue financial recovery for those who have been harmed in the train accident.