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Commuter train crash leaves over 100 injured

A commuter train crash in Brooklyn has left 106 injuries. The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is the most used commuter train in the country. It brings thousands of passengers into and out of New York City every day. The LIRR utilizes many of the same stops as the New York City subway system. The train in question was traveling into Brooklyn and failed to slow down at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

Witnesses report seeing the train plow through the bumper barrier and derail. So far, it appears only the first two cars derailed. The majority of the injuries occurred in those first two cars. Luckily, there were no fatalities; the most severe injuries were broken bones.

The chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), the entity responsible for administering the LIRR, Thomas F. Pendergrast said that they did not know why the train failed to stop but that they are investigating the crash and will interview the train operator.

On LIRR trains, the train operator is the only person who runs the train; the operator is responsible for starting and stopping the train.

Anecdotally, passengers report that the train did not “feel” like it was going any faster or slower than usual.

Were you injured in a train accident? If so, then you may want to speak with an attorney to explore options for possible recovery. Most train accidents do not grab headlines like the LIRR crash in Brooklyn. But, just because your accident did not grab headlines, does not mean that you are not entitled to compensation. A lawyer can go over the facts in your case to determine the best course to receive compensation for your injuries.

Source: New York Times, “L.I.R.R. Crash in Brooklyn Injures More Than 100,” Eli Rosenberg and Noah Remnick, January 4, 2017

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