October 25, 2014

Pedestrian Train Accidents

On Friday June 27, 2014, a Kirkwood Missouri family filed a lawsuit against the National Railroad Passenger Corporation d/b/a Amtrak in St. Louis County claiming damages for the wrongful death of their 14 year-old son who was fatally injured after being struck by a train within the City Limits of Kirkwood in May of 2012.

The family alleges that the pedestrian/train accident was the direct result of the negligence of the Amtrak and the crew operating the train. The lawsuit claims that the train’s crew saw the teen from over a quarter mile away, waited a needlessly and dangerously long time before blowing its whistle, and failed to take any effective action to slow or stop the train. They state that the crew knew or should have known that the boy was in “imminent danger” and still failed to give a proper warning of the train’s approach.

The boy was struck and killed on May 30, 2012, by the Missouri River Runner en route from St. Louis to Kansas City, MO. He was near Leffingwell Avenue in Kirkwood and according to reports was using a popular shortcut to downtown Kirkwood. News reports indicate that Amtrak’s position is that the engineer sounded his horn but was unable to stop in time. Police investigations note the boy was wearing earphones and probably did not hear the train approaching.

The family’s lawyer states that if the boy had gotten another half-second warning, he would have survived.

The family is suing for compensation and punitive damages due to Amtrak’s “reckless disregard for the consequences of its actions.”

Pedestrian death at Pacific, MO railroad crossing ruled accident

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Amtrak Train Crossing Accident

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., […]

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

May 31, 2012
Missouri (MO) Train Accident Attorney

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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