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Three Deaths Confirmed After New York Amtrak Crash


Amtrak’s questionable safety record continues to cause concern, with a recent train crash killing three people in New York. Train accidents in general have become all too common in New York, and many residents are now reluctant to choose rail travel for various reasons. From subway assaults to derailments and collisions, trains seem more dangerous than ever in the Empire State. What can you do if you were injured by a train accident in New York?

Amtrak Train Crashes on Its Way to Niagara Falls 

A child and two senior citizens lost their lives in May of 2024 when an Amtrak train crashed near the Niagara River. The train was on its way to Niagara Falls, having departed from New York City earlier that day. However, it never reached its destination – as the train impacted a disabled pickup truck on the tracks and caused three fatalities.

Although the details of this crash were unclear at first, media sources eventually revealed that all three victims were in the pickup truck at the time of the crash. The occupants included a 6-year-old child and his two grandparents. Initial reports suggested that the pickup truck had broken down, but this was later refuted. One witness saw the crash unfold and wondered why the seniors had decided to park directly on the tracks. This question has yet to be fully answered.

Local police reported that they were conducting a traffic stop on the other side of the railroad track prior to the collision. However, there is no word on how this might have caused the truck to stop on the tracks. Witnesses say that there was plenty of space to stop outside of the tracks. That being said, police are investigating the incident with an open mind. The traffic stop seems to have played some kind of role.

Police also noted that this is not the first train crash fatality in this specific area. In 2021, a woman died under very similar circumstances when her vehicle was struck by an oncoming train.

Suing for an Amtrak Crash in New York 

It is possible to sue Amtrak for a train crash in New York. As long as you can prove that the train company engaged in some kind of negligence prior to your crash, you should be able to pursue compensation for various damages. You can also point to the negligence of other parties, such as police officers who may have blocked or obstructed drivers – forcing them to sit on train tracks.

Key Takeaways 

  • Amtrak crashes have become quite common in New York
  • Train crossings are particularly dangerous for motorists
  • You may able to sue train companies for injuries

 Find an Experienced Train Accident Lawyer in Manhattan 

If you’ve been searching for an experienced train accident attorney in Manhattan, look no further than Cohan Law, PLLC. We know how dangerous train travel has become in the Empire State – and we’re ready to guide you toward justice and compensation. With our assistance, you can cover your medical bills, missed wages, emotional distress, and more. Reach out today to get started with an effective action plan.




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