A California train engineer has died several days after suffering an on-the-job injury in a tragic accident. The crash occurred as the commuter train was headed toward downtown Los Angeles. It collided with a truck and trailer that were sitting on the tracks and derailed. Initially, no deaths were reported, but as many as 28 people received medical treatment for a range of injuries. The train’s engineer, who suffered an on-the-job injury in the collision, is the only known death related to this accident.
According to the report, the truck was sitting on the tracks as the train approached. The engineer apparently made every effort to avoid a collision, braking sharply at the last moment. It is not immediately clear why the truck was on the tracks, but authorities are currently investigating the incident to determine if charges should be filed against the driver.
According to the report, the now-deceased engineer was a 42-year veteran of the railroad and had the most seniority of all Metrolink engineers. He was highly respected by his co-workers and will be greatly missed. The attorney for the man who was driving the truck commented that his client expressed great sorrow after learning of the man’s death.
Family members of California residents who die from an on-the-job injury have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to pursue death benefits. This option is available to all California families who have lost loved ones at work, regardless of the circumstances of the accidents. Filing a claim can be a complex process, as it involves cooperation from employers and other parties, but any grieving family will likely find great benefit from seeking assistance from a workers’ compensation attorney.
Source: vagazette.com, “Police: Calif. commuter train engineer has died of injuries from crash“, March 3, 2015