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When Connecticut parents put their children on school buses, they reasonably expect bus drivers and other travelers to act with caution and safety so their children arrive to their destinations unscathed. Most parents definitely would not expect their children to suffer injury in a train accident on their way to or from school. Sadly, just such an accident recently occurred in another state, which resulted in a student fatality and serious injury to another child.

An Amtrak train collided with a school bus on the tracks. A local police chief who commented on the incident said this particular section of tracks in not secured. There are no traffic signals or crossing arms at the track intersection where the crash occurred. A prayer vigil was organized, following the tragic accident, as families mourned the loss of a child and prayed for the survival of another whose condition was listed as critical.

The 9-year-old girl was airlifted from the crash site to a hospital that was fully equipped to address her needs. Thankfully, her condition was later reported as stabilized. The near aftermath of such tragedies is often plagued with questions; it is understandable that parents would want to know who, if anyone, was responsible for their children’s injuries or death.

Train accident investigations often continue for weeks or months before conclusive results are achieved. Connecticut parents whose children suffer injury or fatality because of another person’s negligence may seek justice by filing personal injury or wrongful death claims in civil court. A plaintiff in such cases would be tasked with proving that negligence occurred and that someone was directly responsible for the injuries or death in question, which is why it is helpful to rely on experienced legal representation during court proceedings.