Railroad Injuries Update:
The Times Union and other news outlets are providing more details on Sunday's Metro-North commuter train derailment that has left four passengers dead and another 60 injured. The train, carrying approximately 150 passengers, derailed in the Bronx at approximately 7:30 AM while rounding a bend along its Poughkeepsie to Manhattan route. The force of the accident reportedly resulted in several passengers being ejected from the train and caused others to suffer railroad injuries from flying debris and gravel.
State and federal investigators are now attempting to determine the exact cause of the derailment. On Monday, Governor Cuomo released a statement to the press indicating that excessive speed appears to be the most likely explanation. This latest derailment follows on the heels of two other train derailments on the Metro-North line in only the last six months. The federal investigations into those derailments lead to urgent recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board in order to improve railroad safety.
Because the railroads are are public entities, there may be shortened limitations periods that apply for persons seeking to file a claim for injuries sustained in the crash. Persons seeking to file such a claim should consult with an attorney.