May 30, 2016

Pedestrian Train Accidents

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.

Lawsuit against Amtrak filed in MO boy’s death on train tracks

July 7, 2014
Pedestrian Train Death Lawyer

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 […]

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Pedestrian death at Pacific, MO railroad crossing ruled accident

March 19, 2013
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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