Posted On: November 21, 2006 by Christopher T. Hurley

Commuter trains kill two

A New Jersey commuter train struck and killed a man early Tuesday as the train was on its way to pick up passengers stranded after their first train hit and killed a woman.

Several hundred passengers were aboard a NJ Transit train when it hit a woman in Matawan, 22 miles south of Newark, just before midnight Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press. As the first death was being investigated, a second train struck and killed a man at 2 a.m. about 15 miles from Matawan. Crew members on the train did not know they had hit someone until they stopped about 4 miles away.

In Illinois, pursuant to statute, 625 ILCS 5/18C-7401, “[e]ach rail carrier shall, consistent with rules, orders, and regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration, construct, maintain, and operate all of its equipment, track, and other property in this State in such a manner as to pose no undue risk to its employees or the person or property of any member of the public.” When injuries or deaths occur on commuter rail lines owned, operated or managed by private rail carriers, as in the Chicago area, these entities can be subject to lawsuits when negligence occurs.

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