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Similar railroad accidents in Connecticut have led to litigation

A terrible accident occurred in another state that involved railroad workers and automobile travelers. Railroad accidents in Connecticut and elsewhere often result in fatalities. Thankfully, everyone survived this collision although several people, including railroad workers, were injured.

It was just after 4:15 p.m. when a locomotive and a car collided at a railroad crossing. Officials say this particular crossing is secured with traffic signals. Just before the crash, witnesses say two railroad workers who were standing nearby yelled for an oncoming vehicle to stop.

Whether their voices were not heard or the driver of the vehicle did not see them remains a mystery; however, their attempts to avert disaster failed. The vehicle and a moving freight train collided with each other. Both railroad workers were injured and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

The driver of the car was also injured in the crash. The conditions of the three injured victims were not reported at the time. The train was said to be more than 5,000 feet long, weighing more than 10,000 tons.

When railroad accidents like this occur in Connecticut, it usually leads to extensive investigations to answer the many questions that are typically asked following such tragedies. Who, if anyone, is at fault? Was a railroad employer negligent? What were the causal factors leading to the crash? As far as injured workers are concerned, those who plan to file claims in civil court may seek guidance from attorneys who are well versed in issues governed by the Federal Employers Liability Act.

Source:, "Train hits car in Aspinwall, injuring car's driver and 2 bystanders", Theresa Clift, Oct. 15, 2017

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