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Southern Connecticut experiences a rash of fatal train accidents

Earlier this week, an Amtrak train headed to Boston struck and killed a 38-year-old Milford man - marking the most recent death in a sudden wave of train-related fatalities.

The accident, which took place at Stratford's Main Street station, is the sixth time this year a pedestrian has been killed by a train in southern Connecticut, with five deaths occurring in the last four months alone. In fact, in addition to the most recent fatality, other train-related deaths in southern Connecticut in 2015 include:

  • October 20: An Amtrak train hit a 41-year-old Milford woman in Fairfield near the Southport railroad station. According to officials, the death does not appear to be criminal or accidental, making it a suspected suicide.
  • October 14: A Branford Deputy Fire Chief was killed by a Shoreline East train while walking on the tracks. Officials have reported this death as a suicide.
  • September 9: A Metro-North train hit and killed a 50-year-old Catholic priest near the Saugatuck Railroad station in Westport.
  • August 7: A 28-year-old Stamford woman was hit and killed by an approaching train at Greenwich's Cos Cob station. While some witnesses believe she was attempting to retrieve her purse, it is unclear if she fell or jumped onto the tracks.
  • March 30: A 31-year-old woman from Waterbury was killed after an Amtrak train hit her as she was crossing the tracks at a train station in Fairfield.

While criminal liability on the part of the rail lines is unlikely in many of these cases, it does not mean that train operators never make mistakes. If you have been injured, or if a loved one has been killed, by the negligent, reckless or careless acts of a train operator or employee, you may be entitled to compensation. If you would like to learn more, it is best to contact an experienced legal professional.

Source: Connecticut Post, "Milford man killed by train in Stratford", Frank Juliano, Nov. 12, 2015.

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