July 30, 2014

Car-Train Crashes

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 the crash.

Investigators indicate that the UP train hit the side of the BNSF train at a rail intersection. The impact caused the rail cars to derail and strike the columns supporting Highway M. Two forty-foot sections of the overpass crumpled from the collision. Two cars containing five people were on the overpass at the time of impact. A diesel fire also broke out in the UP locomotive after the collision, but was quickly put out.

Both railroads indicate that approximately twelve of their cars derailed. BNSF indicates that no one from their crew was hurt as a result of the crash and derailment. Two members of the UP crew were inured and taken to the hospital. According to reports, all have been released from the hospital.

The overpass had been rated “good” in the last inspection in February 2013. A representative from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has indicated that there was no lack of structural integrity to the bridge, though investigators likely will scrutinize the bridge design. The NTSB investigation will involve drug and alcohol testing of the railroad employees. The agency also will review all video footage from the front of the train and test all track and rail signals.

The estimated replacement cost of the overpass is approximately three million dollars. The bridge is used by 400-500 cars per day and is expected to reopen in September of this year. A representative from the Missouri Department of Transportation has indicated that the railroads will likely pay for the replacement of the bridge, but the investigation still is in its early stages. The NTSB states that the full investigation could take a year.
Scott County is located in South Eastern Missouri near Cape Girardeau.

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

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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

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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

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Amtrak Train Crossing Accident

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

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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

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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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3 Louisiana train crashes within 24 hours kill 2, injure 7

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Louisiana – Three separate train crashes within 24 hours left 2 people dead and seven inured in Louisiana on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

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CA railroad crossing death was accident waiting to happen. Lawsuit?

April 18, 2011
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Palo Alto, CA — An Indiana woman died in a car train crash during rush hour at a railroad crossing in California on April 15. Local residents say it was a deadly accident waiting happen. The woman’s death followed dozens of near misses between cars and Caltrain at the Palo Alto crossing. Volunteer "Track Watch" [...]

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