According to the Associated Press, two years after two Metro trains collided with one another near the Fort Totten station on the red line, no resolution has been reached in the DC wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of those who died and the victims who were injured. The tragic Washington DC metro crash, which occurred on June 22, 2009 killed nine people—eight passengers and the train operator—and injured over 70 people. The numerous complaints that were filed have been consolidated into one case and the trial is scheduled for February 2012.
Officials say that Train 112, which struck the other train, included six of the oldest cars in the fleet. As far back as several years before what was called the worst Metrolink train crash in history, the National Transportation Safety Board had recommended that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration change these cars because there ability to make it through a train accident was not certain. Cost concerns prevented the WMATA from replacing the trains, which were supposed to keep running until 2012. Also, the train operator, Jeanice McMillan, reportedly had just three months experience on the job when the deadly accident happened.
Train crashes can result in devastating consequences for those involved. It is so important when pursuing recover that you work with an experienced DC train accident law firm that understands the intricacies of this type of case. Common causes of train accidents:
• Operator error or inexperience
• Train derailment
• Train malfunction
• Operator inattention
• Inadequate maintenance
• Mechanical failure
• Improperly switched lines
• Errors by motorists or pedestrians
• Train crossing malfunctions
There may be more than one party who should be held liable for your DC train crash injuries or your loved one’s death.
Lawsuit over DC Metro train collision that killed 9 readying for trial in 2012, Washington Post, June 21, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
More Blog Posts:
Washington DC Train Accident: NTSB Cites Systemic Problems Even Before the Metrorail Crash that Killed 9 People, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, July 27, 2010
Washington DC Metro Train Accident Death Count Goes Up to 9 Fatalities, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, June 24, 2009
One Year After Deadliest Metro Train Crash, Families of Victims Oppose WMATA’s Motion to Dismiss Washington DC Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, June 26, 2010