Manhattan Subway Collision: Understanding the Causes and Legal Recourse for MTA Train Derailment Injuries

Lever & Ecker, PLLC January 18, 2024 General

At around 3:00 p.m. on January 4th, 2024, a subway train on the Upper West Side in Manhattan derailed and collided with an out-of-service train near West 96th Street. The first train carried approximately 300 passengers while the second train held four Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) workers, who were in the process of making repairs. The second train was stopped because it had become stuck when someone pulled several emergency stop cords. The incident occurred when the first train was traveling northbound and grazed the second train, leading to derailment of both trains.

Twenty-four individuals sustained injuries, though luckily none of the injuries were determined to be life-threatening. However, these injuries could have been avoided altogether had proper safety precautions been taken. Incidents like this derailment collision may be caused by a variety of factors, such as a lack of proper safety training for MTA workers, driver or operator error, failure to adhere to proper safety protocols, or mechanical failure due to poor maintenance or repair work. Manufacturers and contractors may also be responsible for incidents caused by defectively designed/manufactured products or improperly performed construction/repair work. With an average daily ridership of over eight million people, the MTA is ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety of its passengers.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an MTA or other public transit accident, you have 90 days to file a Notice of Claim that alerts the public entity of your intention to pursue a claim against it. Lever & Ecker, PLLC, is standing by to help you evaluate your unique circumstances and pursue just compensation for your losses. Schedule a complimentary consultation with our experienced lawyers today by calling us at (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 or emailing us at

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