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MTA Metro-North Train Accident Update: Engineer Feel Asleep At the Controls

Train Accident AttorneyOn December 1, 2013 the Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie never made it to its final destination because it was involved in a fatal train accident, killing four passengers and injuring more than 60. Recent updates have investigators believing that the motorman at the controls dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks.

The MTA Metro-North Train Accident Details

Engineer Willim Rockefeller all but admitted shortly after the deadly crash that he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of the track just north of Spuyten Duyvil. While he was sleeping, the train was travelling at 82 mph and heading into a curve that required a much slower speed at just 30 mph.

He awoke from the jolt as the train entered the dangerous curve.  Although he hit the brake, it was too late, as it was only six seconds before the crash.  However, NTSB officials are still not ruling out whether the speed was the result of human error or faulty equipment.

Regardless of who or what caused the accident, the victims and their family members are entitled to compensation. Our experienced NY Accident Attorney can help you get the full compensation to which you are entitled.

Contact an Experienced New York Train Accident Attorney  

Train accidents, such as this tragedy, often involve some negligent or reckless actions by city or state officials. Our New York train accident attorneys have a successful history of obtaining monetary compensation for victims against city or state officials. For instance, we were able to obtain an $18 million settlement against the New York City and State for the sole survivor of a 2006 car accident on the Bronx River Parkway.  In another case, we obtained a $1 million settlement against the Long Island Railroad for the victims of a train accident.

If you or a loved one was involved in the NY Metro-North Train Derailment from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central, please call us now for assistance at 800-529-9997. Our experienced train accident attorneys are currently investigating the circumstances of the accident and can help you through this difficult process.

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