Our thoughts go out to the victims of the recent tragedy involving a Metro North train in Westchester. This tragedy will be in the news for some time. You should not jump to conclusions as to the facts and causes based solely on the television reports and accounts in your local newspapers.
Several years ago we handled a so called, “Car versus Train” case. If one were to have believed the initial news reports, they would have been left with no choice but to conclude that the automobile driver sped around the downed railroad gates and rushed onto the tracks causing the accident. The facts proved quite the contrary! In fact, after a thorough investigation, the railroad acknowledged that it was working on the crossing and had waived the car onto the tracks, causing the horrific injuries that ensued.
As is always the case, no one should jump to conclusions. We must wait until all facts are in before we will really know why the Metro North Valhalla accident happened and how to prevent such accidents from happening again.