Accident Involving Exploding Manhole Leaves 38-Year-Old Man Injured In Manhattan After Underground Transformer Caught Fire
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 24, 2018) – One man was injured after a manhole exploded while he was sitting parked in his car waiting to visit his wife.
Manhattan police are saying that the man was parked over the manhole when a transformer vault below the street caught fire.
Witnesses to the accident said that it sounded like a bomb went off. The impact of the explosion blew off a part of the Hyundai’s bumper.
Shortly after the first explosion another manhole exploded on Liberty Street.
Authorities are saying that the injured man was transported to the hospital following the accident and later released.
Con Ed has indicated that snowstorms and the salt that is used to treat the streets may have leaked underground and caused equipment to corrode.
An investigation in the accident remains ongoing a this time.
LIABILITY IN MANHOLE EXPLOSION ACCIDENTS
Cities have a responsibility to create a reasonably safe environment for people and take measures to prevent foreseeable sources of harm. When a city fails to provide reasonable measures in order to maintain a safe environment, that city may be held liable if its negligence leads to an accident. In particular, there are a number of safety precautions that should be put in place in order to prevent manhole explosions. Manhole explosions usually take place when sparks from faulty wiring come into contact with combustible gases. If a city fails to properly seal off gas lines or electrical wires and this leads to an explosion, the city may be liable. Any person that is injured may be able to file a claim for damages.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the manhole explosion accident in Manhattan that injured one person. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim and their family as they continue to recover. We encourage anyone that may have knowledge about what happened to reach out to the NYPD. It is our sincere hope that the city takes responsibility for what has happened and helps this man as he recovers. There needs to be safety protocols put in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen again in the future.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a manhole explosion, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking for guidance after an accident you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.