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Metro North: Another Deadly Mistake

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have not been shy about criticizing the MTA and Metro North Railroad as part of this blog in the past. After all, the commuter train operator has had many very public mistakes in recent times - - and we are not talking about scheduling mishaps. Rather, this agency has made life-altering and unacceptably dangerous decisions, decisions that have, at times, shaken the tri-state area to its core.

The calamity of errors continues as news filters out that a Metro North worker was fatally hit by a Poughkeepsie-bound train early Monday morning. The train killed the worker while he was working on the Metro North tracks. The details are limited at this time but an investigation is ongoing. It promises to be another public relations nightmare for this battered agency. We will continue to follow as details emerge.

What can we tell you? According to reports, the unidentified (as of early Monday) man was working on the elevated tracks along Park Avenue in the Harlem section of Manhattan, near 106th street. He was struck by a northbound train at approximately 1:00am, obviously not warned about the oncoming train. Communication has been a serious concern for Metro North. It remains to be seen whether there was effective communication in this instance. Emergency workers rushed to his aid and took him by ambulance to the nearest hospital, Mt. Sinai, but doctors were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead.

This is the second fatal train accident that Metro North has had over the last 3 months, with the more notorious train derailment killing four and injuring more than 60 people occurring in December. Now, there is another victim, as family and friends mourn his senseless death and victims of the December derailment get to re-live their nightmares. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and those that love him.

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