Amtrak Train Involved in Two Accidents in One Day
Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
Amtrak train traveling from Lee’s Summit to St. Louis was involved in two train-auto collisions with pick-up trucks on Thursday. At 8 a.m., a 44 year old man drove around a crossing bar that had just been lowered and was struck. The truck was sheared in half and the man was ejected about 40 feet. The driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries and remains in intensive care. It was later determined that the driver was driving a truck that had been stolen earlier from a sanitation business. Then, two hours later, the Amtrak train struck a maintenance worker’s pick-up as it was sitting too close to the tracks. The maintenance worker was spraying weeds from the inside of the truck and did not have time to move. The second collision occurred at a section of the track that did not include warning signs. None of the passengers on the Amtrak train were injured in either collision.
Have you been injured in a railroad related accident ?
While both collisions were avoidable, both could be classified as different type’s personal injury claims. In the first accident, the driver of the truck was a non railroad employee where as in the second accident; the maintenance worker may have been a railroad employee. If the second driver was a railroad employee then he would fall under The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) that allows railroad employees who are injured on the job to file a lawsuit to recover damages from his/her employer when negligence occurs on the part of the employer or another employee. This act is not to be confused with Workers’ Compensation. Under conditions of FELA, the injured employee may recover punitive damages that they would not be entitled to under Workers’ Compensation; however, FELA is a complicated statute. Therefore, it is highly recommended that an injured employee or family of a killed employee to consult a FELA attorney in order to protect the victim’s rights.
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