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Train versus Truck Collision Causes Injuries

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 6, 2013

A crossing guard, an engineer, and seven passengers were injured in a New Jersey train accident involving a collision between a tractor trailer hauling 500 containers of paint and a transit train carrying 71 passengers and crew members. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the train accident occurred on Main Street in Little Falls. Officials say the driver of the truck failed to make a tight turn just beyond the train tracks. The truck driver then attempted to back up when the Montclair-Boonton Line struck its trailer.

The crossing guard, who was attempting to help the truck driver get out of the intersection, was seriously injured by flying debris. The engineer and seven passengers were treated and released for injuries as well. The truck was ripped apart and the driver was cited for careless driving and for entering an active rail crossing.

Under N.J.S.A 39:4-97, “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.”

Careless and reckless drivers can be held accountable for their actions through civil litigation. Anyone who has been injured by a negligent driver would be well advised to seek out immediate medical attention, collect information from the crash site, obtain a copy of the police report, and to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable New Jersey tractor trailer accident attorney will make sure that the at-fault parties are held accountable for their actions and that the injured victim is offered adequate compensation for all of his or her losses suffered in the crash.

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