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Passengers Injured in Train Collision with Dump Truck

At least seven passengers suffered minor injuries when a Metrolink train crashed into a dump truck that was on the tracks of the Antelope Valley line in Los Angeles. Five of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Emergency services reported that there was a lack of air conditioning, fresh air or Read More

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Pedestrian Killed by Train in Prescott Arkansas

Patricia Hendrix was killed on April 1st, 2013 after being struck by a freight train while crossing the train tracks on foot. The Northeast-bound Union Pacific train hit Patricia as she attempted to cross the tracks near the Wildcat Road crossing. At 7:45 p.m. authorities received a call from the train’s conductor reporting that he Read More

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I Was Fired After My Accident. What Are My Rights?

A Norfolk Southern Railway Co. employee who reported an injury he suffered in a work-related accident was subsequently fired by his employer. The railroad carrier’s internal investigation concluded that the injured crane operator had made false statements concerning his eye injury.  However, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Read More

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What is My Claim Worth?

Compensation claims made under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) generally generate significantly higher payouts than claims made under state workers’ compensation. In one case in Nebraska, a maintenance crew member received nearly $2.8 million for injuries suffered while replacing railroad ties. Kendall Walsh, 36, sustained a serious and permanent injury to his right arm Read More

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One Woman Dead and Several Injured in Train – Bus Collision

On Friday, April 26th 91-year-old Claudette Miller was killed and several people were injured when a freight train hit a small BART bus in Evans City, Pennsylvania. According to the train’s engineer, the bus had stopped on the tracks and was thrown several feet by the collision. Police believe the engineer sounded the train whistle Read More

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Two Children Killed in Iowa Train Crash

Two sisters aged four and five were killed in the Iowa community of Batavia when the minivan they were travelling in was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train. Tara Lewman, 25, was driving home with her three children when she stopped for lowered gates at a double track train crossing. Her view Read More

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Don’t Suffer Post-Injury Harassment Quietly

A laborer for the Metro-North Commuter Railroad injured his finger in a work-related accident. After reporting the injury to his supervisor, he was initially told not to seek medical treatment. After finally receiving treatment, he was ordered by occupational health and his own doctor not to resume his usual duties until he had healed. But Read More

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Signal Maintenance Worker Killed By Oncoming Train

New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employee Louis Moore, 58, died in April when he fell onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train. The father of three was walking along a catwalk above the tracks when his equipment bag seemed to get caught on a gate and he fell. While Read More

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Victims of Hazardous Chemical Spill File a Class Action

Victims of a chemical spill caused by a train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ in November have filed a class action lawsuit against the railroad company. Seven cars carrying hazardous chemicals left the track on or near a bridge over Mantua Creek, causing a spillage of vinyl chloride. Emergency services and local residents claim that Conrail Read More

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Do I Have a FELA Claim?

William Grammar worked for Illinois Central Railroad for nearly 40 years until he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011. Mr. Grammar believes that his kidney cancer was caused by long-term workplace exposure to harmful chemicals and fumes — including asbestos, diesel exhaust and pesticides — without proper respiratory equipment. He is now suing his Read More

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Federal Whistleblower Laws for Employee Protections

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