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Lawyer Representing More Than 20 in Amtrak Derailment Available to Speak on Amtrak Passenger Train Crash in South Carolina

Michael S. Krzak, partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago representing 21 people injured or the families of those killed in the December 2017 Amtrak derailment near Tacoma, Washington, is available to comment on the recent rash of Amtrak crashes throughout the United States. 

Krzak represents 21 victims of the Amtrak passenger train crash in Washington on Dec. 18, 2017, which left three people dead and dozens injured when it approached a 30-mile-an-hour curve at about 80 miles per hour. The train derailed, hurtling the lead locomotive and several cars onto Interstate 5 below where people in vehicles also suffered injuries. NTSB officials reported that the engineer admitted he did not notice the 30 mph speed limit signs or the need to slow down for the curve until it was too late.

Krzak, who has handled many high-profile rail and aviation crash cases throughout the United States, has been outspoken on the lack of proper training of engineers, the need for fewer distractions and the push for Positive Train Control (PTC) that slows a train automatically in certain situations. NTSB investigators are on the scene in South Carolina to begin their investigation that will determine the probable cause of the crash. 

The most recent crash occurred early Sunday morning (Feb. 4, 2018) in South Carolina on Amtrak Silver Star Train 91 that left two people dead - reportedly the Amtrak engineer and conductor. Early reports and photos indicate that the Amtrak passenger train with 147 aboard heading from New York to Miami crashed head-on into a standing CSX freight train. Some 117 people are reported to be injured including those who were in a train car that completely flipped over, but the severity of those injuries are not yet confirmed. The lead locomotive and some passenger cars were derailed near Cayce, South Carolina, Amtrak released in a statement. South Carolina's governor told the media that the Amtrak train was on the wrong track.  

And last week another Amtrak train carrying congressional members from Washington, D.C., to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia, that killed one person in the truck and left several people injured. The NTSB is looking into that incident as well.

The latest Amtrak crash in South Carolina also caused 5,000 gallons of fuel to be spilled, and hazmat teams were dispatched for the clean up. Eight crew members were on board the Amtrak train, along with approximately 139 passengers and eight crew members. 

For further information on the legal ramifications of rail crashes and to speak to attorney Michael S. Krzak call Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell).

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