August 31, 2016

Car-Train Crashes

A couple recent Texas train accidents in Missouri City and Waltrip raises safety concerns for drivers.

Last week Diane Freeman and her husband Moise Freeman were struck by a train in Missouri City, Texas. According to press reports, Moise Freeman had driven around the crossing arms as a westbound train was sitting on the tracks, not moving. But as they began to pass the tracks, another train heading eastbond struck their car. Ms. Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband was taken to the hospital for injuries. No charges are likely against the husband, according to press reports, with the police calling the incident a tragic accident.

In mid October, a sixteen-year-old high school student from Waltrip, Texas, was killed after being hit by a train near the trestle on the bridge that crosses the White Oak Bayou in northwest Houston. The teen, Eryc Shelby, was walking to school with friends when the accident occurred. Locals in the area say students often use the railroad bridge as a shortcut to school.

The Missouri City collision was not the first near that town. Two accidents happened in 2014 with one on the same road. There were no lives lost in either accident.

Information from Texas Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit that educates the public on railroad crossing safety, indicates that Texas leads the country in most railroad crossings, about 15,000, and miles of track, more than 10,400 miles.

Texas has the highest number of railroad crossings in the country – around 15,000 – and the most miles of track – 10,425 – said Sally Tingle, executive director of Texas Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit that works to provide free public education about railroad crossing safety.

Texas railroad crossing to be shut down after crashes

September 16, 2014
Texas Train Injury Lawyer

City leaders are taking action to shut down a San Antonio, Texas railroad crossing after several accidents occurred in the past few months. A dip in the road after the tracks causes large vehicles like limousines and semi-trucks to get stuck. In May, 20 teens in a limousine got stuck at the crossing located on […]

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Missouri railroad crash causes train derailment and collapsed bridge

May 28, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

In Missouri, a Union Pacific (UP) train collided with a Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) train at about 2:30 A.M. Saturday over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The crash caused several cars to derail and careen into the support pillars of the Highway M overpass in Scott County, MO. No one was seriously injured in […]

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Indiana man files lawsuit for railroad crossing death of wife and son

May 2, 2013
Indiana Train Crash Attorney

A wrongful death lawsuit claims that several factors caused or contributed to a deadly railroad crossing accident in Montpelier, Indiana. A pregnant woman and her infant son were hit and killed by a Norfolk Southern Railway train on September 3, 2011. The lawsuit, filed in Blackford County, Indiana by lawyers for the woman’s husband, alleges […]

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Railroad crossing gates to be put at site of deaths in CT

February 26, 2013
Train Crossing Attorney/Lawyer

Two more people were killed, two seriously injured and hospitalized, at the same railroad crossing that has been the site of previous train collisions in Redding, Connecticut (CT). Tragically, protective gates have yet to be been installed. The intersection on Long Ridge Road was described to reporters by by Dottie DeLuca, an area business owner, […]

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Railroad crossing accident in Raleigh, NC causes woman’s death

February 11, 2013
Amtrak Train Crossing Accident

A recent railroad crossing accident in Raleigh, NC resulted in the death of a woman from Fuquay-Varina, NC.  Lynette Renee Fowler, 42, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet SUV when she was struck by an Amtrak train near downtown Raleigh. She was thrown from her truck on impact  and pronounced dead at the scene. There were […]

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Sons file lawsuit for death of mother in IL car-train crash

March 30, 2012
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A wrongful death lawsuit claims that crossing gates and warning lights were not working properly at a railroad crossing where a mother of three from Granite City was hit and killed by an Amtrak train on February 28, 2012. The lawsuit, filed in Madison County, Illinois on behalf of the the woman’s three sons, claims […]

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Illinois Metra car-train crash death ruled an accident

January 4, 2012
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A car-train crash that killed a retired postal worker on the Union Pacific Northwest line in Palatine, IL was ruled an accident by police investigators. The collision was caught on video by a security camera. The tape revealed that the railroad crossing warning signals were working at the time of the crash and that the […]

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Railroad crossing accident lawsuit for death of elderly couple settled

June 1, 2011
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A railroad crossing accident lawsuit arising out of the death of an elderly couple at a malfunctioning CSX rail crossing in a town South of Rochester, NY has been settled. The confidential settlement was reached shortly before the case was to go to trial. While the terms of the settlement are confidential, the railroad attorney […]

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South Carolina train crossing crash kills grandmother : Railroad Lawyer

May 21, 2011
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A car and train railroad crossing accident near Columbia, SC took the life of an 82 year-old grandmother. The train crash and her death came as a shock to the driver of the car, her 20 year-old grandson. She was passenger in his car, which became stuck on the railroad tracks after he swerved to […]

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Idaho car v. train crossing accident kills man

May 16, 2011
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Boise, ID — A 77 year-old man died after his car was hit by an oncoming BNSF train in a railroad crossing accident near Bonners Ferry in Northern Idaho. The car and train crash occurred at a private crossing near the city’s municipal golf course. It is being investigated by the Idaho State Police and […]

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