April 17, 2014

Pedestrian Train Accidents

A pedestrian recently was struck and killed by Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner 316 train in Pacific, Missouri. The death scene, near the Fourth Street crossing of the Union Pacific railroad tracks, has been the site of three deaths since 2005; a fourth accident at the same site was nonfatal. 

On March 6, 2013, at approximately 8:45 P.M., Zachary T. Brady, 20, was walking along the crushed rock beside the railroad tracks, on his way home from his job at a nearby restaurant, when he was hit by the Amtrak train. He was near, but not at, the Fourth Street railroad crossing. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said that Brady was trespassing on the Union Pacific right-of-way when he was struck. Police ruled Brady’s death accidental.

Pacific, MO, Police Chief, Matt Manfell, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that since so many of the town’s 7,000 residents live near the two well-used railroad tracks angling through town, “People get used to the trains….And they end up losing respect for them.” 

The Amtrak train was traveling from St. Louis, MO to Kansas City, MO. While the speed of the train that caused the man’s death has not yet been released, it has been reported that the maximum speed for trains in the area is 79 mph. None of the 58 passengers nor any train crew was injured; the train was not damaged.

The number of pedestrians struck by trains increased by 7.5 percent from 2011 to 2012, yet Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo proclaimed 2012 “the safest year in railroad history.” Pedestrian and train accidents regularly occur when people walk across railroad tracks when not at a crossing. The risks of crossing railroad tracks frequently are overlooked or ignored. The consequences can be deadly.

Boy, 14, hit and killed by train near St. Louis in Kirkwood, MO

May 31, 2012
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A 14-year-old boy was hit and killed by an Amtrak passenger train near Kirkwood, MO, late Wednesday. Cameron Vennard was walking across the railroad tracks toward the downtown area of the St. Louis suburb when the train came around a bend, heading west to Kansas City. The accident happened in a wooded area, not near [...]

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Man wearing iPod hit and killed by train near rail crossing in KY

September 24, 2011
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A 21 year-old Kentucky man was kit and killed by a CSX train as he walked near the tracks while wearing and iPod. The accident happened near a railroad crossing in Williamsburg. The man, identified as Steven Gabriel Dizney, lived less than 200 yards from the tracks. He had left his home along North 6th [...]

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Michigan 6th grader crossing railroad track hit by train, killed

June 12, 2011
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An 11 year-old boy was hit and killed by a train at a railroad crossing in Lapeer County, Michigan at about 7:00 A.M. Thursday morning. Witnesses say that the boy was trying to beat the train across the track when he was struck. The boy, Tomas Rodriguez, was on his way to school at the [...]

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Pedestrian death from VA railroad crossing accident : Railroad Lawyer

June 4, 2011
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A CSX train hit and kill a pedestrian in Scottsville, VA earlier this week. It was the fourth railroad-related death this year in Virginia according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Albermarle County Police are conducting and Investigation into the facts and cause of the pedestrian and train collision. It has been reported that the [...]

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Wisconsin boy hit by train loses leg in pedestrian train accident

May 1, 2011
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Milwaukee, WI – An 11 year-old Wisconsin boy run over by a train lost his foot and part of his leg. The train did not stop after the accident, but continued down the railroad tracks. Milwaukee police say the train’s engineer had not been aware of the pedestrian/train accident and the boy’s tragic injury. Before [...]

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

April 24, 2011
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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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Train kills pedestrian in Missouri railroad crossing accident

February 22, 2011
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Camden County, MO — A 77 year-old Missouri woman was hit by a train and killed Tuesday morning in Camden County. The woman is reported to have been struck by a northbound BNSF freight train while trying to walk over and cross a set of two railroad tracks on MO Route T in Stoutland. The [...]

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Pedestrian killed crossing train tracks in St. Louis, MO suburb

February 13, 2011
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St. Louis, MO — A westbound passenger train hit and killed a pedestrian crossing railroad tracks near St. Louis, MO. The engineer stopped the train and reported the death before continuing on to Kansas City, MO. The accident was the second pedestrian train accident death in Webster Groves since October 2010.

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