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Woman Seriously Injured in Train Accident


Trains and subways transport millions of people on a daily basis. These modes of transportation are a godsend for those who do not drive or have a vehicle. However, you need to keep in mind that like any mode of transportation, trains and subways can be involved in serious accidents.

Unfortunately, a woman was recently injured in a train accident in Morristown. The accident happened on the evening of May 4 shortly after the train left the Morristown station.

A woman was hit by a New Jersey Transit train, Morris & Essex Line train 6936 after it departed Dover. She was on the Morristown platform when the crash occurred. The woman suffered a severe leg injury and was taken via ambulance to a local hospital. Nobody else was injured in the crash.

The train was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station New York later that evening. Train 6936 was canceled at Morristown and passengers were allowed to board a different train. New Jersey Transit police are investigating the situation. There was no further information about how the accident occurred or the woman’s condition.

Causes of Train Accidents

Train accidents can happen in many of the same ways as car crashes, but there are some differences:

  • Lack of safety. Many people think of trains as super safe and therefore they may not be as careful around them. Inadequate safety training, lax safety protocols, and prioritizing efficiency over safety can contribute to accidents by overlooking potential hazards.
  • Human error. Mistakes made by train operators, signal maintainers, dispatchers, or other railway staff can lead to accidents. This includes errors in judgment, failure to follow procedures, and general negligence.
  • Train collisions can occur with other trains, vehicles at level crossings, or obstacles on the tracks.
  • Mechanical failures. Malfunctions in train components such as brakes, wheels, couplings, or engines can cause accidents. Lack of maintenance or faulty equipment can contribute to mechanical failures.
  • Track problems. Issues with the track infrastructure such as broken rails, misaligned switches, or defective crossings can cause derailments or collisions.
  • Weather conditions. Adverse weather such as heavy rain, snow, ice, fog, or extreme temperatures can affect visibility, traction, and track conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Infrastructure issues. Poorly designed or maintained railway infrastructure, including bridges, tunnels, and signaling systems, can contribute to accidents.
  • Terrorism and sabotage. Deliberate acts of sabotage, vandalism, or terrorism targeting trains or railway infrastructure can cause accidents and disruptions.
  • Operational errors. Mistakes in scheduling, routing, or communication between railway personnel can lead to accidents, particularly in congested or complex rail networks.

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Trains are commonly used for commuting around New Jersey, but riders still need to exercise caution. If they get onto the tracks, they can be hit by a train and become severely injured.

These cases can be complex. Seek legal help from a Morristown train accident attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff. If the court determines that the railway or railway operator was negligent, you may collect damages for injuries, loss of income, medical costs, and pain and suffering. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (973) 455-1567.



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