In more damaging news for Amtrak, it was announced on Friday that the railway failed to implement a speed control system on the northbound side of the tracks at Frankford Junction curve. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the speed control system triggers automatic braking if a train is carrying too much speed. The system was in place on the southbound side of the tracks, which carry travelers from New York to Washington D.C. It was not, however, installed on the northbound side of the tracks. According to investigators, the system could have prevented Tuesday’s Amtrak train accident.
Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman told reporters that he was unaware of this “loophole” that one side of the tracks lacked the automatic braking system. He also said that Amtrak plans to install positive train control in the corridor between Washington D.C. and New York by the end of this year. “We’re a leader in PTC,” said Boardman. He added that if Amtrak had more financing, “we could have done it sooner.”
First Amtrak Train Crash Lawsuit Filed
May 14, 2015
On Thursday, an Amtrak employee became the first victim to file an Amtrak train crash lawsuit. Bruce Phillips, who was off-duty while traveling on Amtrak 188, was violently thrown throughout the train during the derailment. He sustained several injuries, including head trauma, contusions, lacerations, and is coping with neurological and orthopedic issues. According to NBC Philadelphia, he is still listed as a patient at Temple University Hospital.
Phillips claims that Amtrak’s gross reckless conduct caused his injuries and suffering. He will seek damages for loss of earnings, medical expenses and physical pain and suffering.
Train Accident Law Firm Now Accepting Clients Harmed by Amtrak 188 Train Crash
If you or someone you know was the victim of the Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, you should contact an experienced train crash attorney to help you through this difficult time. The law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman is currently accepting clients who were harmed in Tuesday’s Amtrak derailment. Our train accident attorneys have handled cases on behalf of more than 70 train accident victims from across the country. Get in touch with an experienced train accident attorney to discuss your case today.