A horrific train derailment resulted in several fatalities for passengers on Monday morning. During the first trip on a new service route, an Amtrak train that was carrying nearly 80 passengers derailed, causing several train cars to fall from an overpass onto Interstate 5 in Dupont, Washington. Drivers and passengers sustained a variety of personal injuries after the train cars struck their vehicles while train passengers suffered from fatal injuries. Over 70 passengers received treatment at hospitals in Pierce and Thurston Counties, including a few who sustained serious injuries. The catastrophic train derailment is being investigated by a team from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Train derailments, although not as common as motor vehicle accidents, may cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities for passengers and pedestrians. Many times a train derailment results from broken or cracked rails and unexpectedly occurs. The high speed at which a train operates contributes to the severity of a crash when it does take place.
If you or your loved ones sustained personal injuries in a train accident, contact our Maryland train accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of train accidents in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.