Earlier this month, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed when a New Jersey man was killed by a New Jersey transit train. As he departed the train, the doors closed on the man. Then, as the train began to pull away from the station, the man shouted and ran along with the train, trying to get the attention of the train’s crew. His efforts were unsuccessful and the man was ultimately run over by the train. Subsequently, the crew members of the train were terminated.
At a New Jersey Transit board meeting, the union that represents those crew members said that the agency should not have fired the crew members so summarily. The union argues that an important safety feature of the doors was not working properly. A safety advisory issued by the Federal Railroad Administration warned against possible product defects with the switches that are supposed to prevent trains from moving when doors are open.