Adam D. Cahn Comments on New Jersey Transit Train Crash
Adam D. Cahn, Partner, Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, is available to speak on a deadly crash involving a New Jersey Transit train that occurred at the Hoboken train station. Mr. Cahn is a seasoned litigator who concentrates his practice in personal injury matters at the state and federal levels.
On September 29, 2016, a New Jersey Transit train was heading to the Hoboken station when it missed its stopping point and hit a bumper block on the track. The train went up in the air, hitting the station’s waiting area and causing structural damage to the roof of the building. A woman waiting for the train was killed when she was struck by debris from the crash. More than 100 people were injured.
The engineer, who was found unresponsive, was removed from the car. Federal transportation officials are still determining the cause of the crash.
The crash is similar to one that occurred in February 1996, when a New Jersey Transit train went through a signal and collided with another train near The Meadowlands, killing both engineers and one passenger and injuring at least 162 people.
“This accident could have been avoided,” Mr. Cahn said. “The train lacked positive train control, an automatic braking technology that could have overridden the train operator to stop or slow down the train that was traveling too fast. All trains were initially supposed to have been outfitted with this technology by the end of 2015 and New Jersey Transit’s failure to do so is inexcusable.”