Dozens of people were injured, at least four of them seriously, when a high-speed train crashed into an empty train at the suburban Philadelphia 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tuesday, August 22, 2017. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) confirmed that the crash occurred at around 12:15 a.m. SEPTA indicates the inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied stationary train sitting in the station, injuring 42 passengers.
NTSB officials were at the scene later Tuesday and planned a media briefing for later in the day. Agency spokesperson Eric Weiss said a team of about 10 investigators will collect evidence from the damaged trains and the surrounding tracks and switches. They will also be analyzing the nature of the passenger injuries sustained. A preliminary report of the crash is expected within two weeks, however the final report including a statement of probable cause from the NTSB usually takes about one year to complete.
This represents the fourth train crash in the Philadelphia area since 2015. In May, 2015 eight people died and more than 200 were injured when an AMTRAK train that was en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed. Azrael, Franz, Schwab and Lipowitz, a Baltimore law firm, compassionately and vigorously represented passengers of that crash in a Federal Court lawsuit that fully resolved in August, 2017.
Our sympathies go out to the victims and their families of this latest Philadelphia SEPTA crash. Azrael Franz represents victims in complex transportation disaster litigation, including airline crash and train crash cases.
Victims and their families deserve answers as to the cause of this crash and compensation for their losses and damages. Azrael Franz can help. Contact us by telephone (800-558-6801) or email (mail to: KFranz@azraelfranz.com) for a free consultation on the rights of passengers who were injured in this terrible crash.