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New Jersey commuter train crashes into truck on the tracks

Various forms of mass transportation are used by residents and locals of New Jersey and New York, and are significantly relied on for daily travels. Even though these forms of transportation are considered safe, accidents can still happen, often resulting in personal injuries. The aftermath of an accident involving mass transportation could have multiple serious injuries and even fatalities. What’s more, most of these forms of transportation do not include safety belts, limiting the ways passengers can protect themselves.

During a recent early morning commute, a New Jersey train smashed into a tractor-trailer in Little Falls. The accident occurred at around 8:15 a.m., and according to transit officials, the train was running on the Montclair-Boonton line. The tractor-trailer was passing through the railroad crossing near Main and Fairfield Street when the train crashed into the truck’s trailer on the tracks. There were 66 passengers on the train at the time of the incident. Emergency crews responded to the crash and assessed the numerous passengers. No fatalities were reported, but the number of people injured and the condition of the truck driver were not known at the time of this report.

Transit officials and the police and investigating this accident. They determined that the crossing signals appeared to be working at the time of the incident, so they were not sure why the truck was on the tracks. An accident like this can injure multiple people, and a person injured in an accident like this could file a personal injury claim. Compensation from the claim would go towards medical bills, damages, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.

When large accidents involving mass transportation vehicles occur, the cause is not always known right away. Although safety and preventative measures are always in place, not all accidents can be avoided but can be reduced by following traffic signs, signals and limits. In the event of an accident caused by the negligence of another, a personal injury attorney can often help make sure just compensation is received by those affected.

Source: New York Times, “Commuters Injured After New Jersey Train Hits Truck,” Marc Santora, Jan 30, 2013

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