by admin on November 5, 2014 in News
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the October 16, 2014 crash between locomotives of the A&M (Arkansas & Missouri) train company. The collision occurred in Northwest Arkansas and resulted in the injury to 39 passengers and 4 crewmembers. The railroad was transporting the passengers on an “excursion” trip between Springdale and Van Buren, Arkansas.
The train carrying the passengers came to a halt after it was unable to move up a 1.10 percent grade according to the report. Passengers have reported that they were told the train was unable to move up the grade because of tree leaves that had fallen on the track. After calling the A&M dispatch a rescue locomotive was sent from the north to assist in getting the train up the hill and for reasons which have not been discovered crashed head on into the train in which it was sent to assist.
The preliminary report stated that “The conductor jumped from the locomotive just before impact” and that the rescue locomotive was going 25 mph at the time of the collision. The entire report can be found here: http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/DCA15MR002_Brentwood_AR_Preliminary_Report.pdf
Sean Keith of our firm along with co counsel, Wagstaff & Cartmell of Kansas City, filed two lawsuits against the A&M railroad on behalf of two of the 39 passengers which were injured as of today’s date.
“The railroad company has been very aggressive in contacting injured passengers. I caution all the passengers not to sign any documents until they have spoken to an attorney and understand the responsibility of A&M. “ Sean Keith