Posted on January 12th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
A 20-year old mother of a 1-year old son was killed in a car-train crash near Calumet Park, Illinois. The woman was a passenger in a car driven by her father, when a passenger train collided with them when the car allegedly drove around a lowered crossing gate at 97th and Eggleston around 7 p.m.
The passenger train was a bound for New York City and had left Union Station a few minutes before 6 p.m. The train was detained for two hours at the scene. The young woman was headed to work at a local fast food restaurant and had recently enrolled in nursing school. Many crashes with trains happen at crossings for a variety of reasons: failure of driver to heed caution signs, drivers maneuvering around lowered gates, failure of railroad crossing gate to lower, failure of train to sound verbal warning and automobile drivers trying to “beat” the train.
While this particular accident will have to be thoroughly investigated to determine all of the reasons and factors involved in the cause of the accident, train accidents occur quite frequently.
The Illinois Commerce Commission points out some information specific to vehicle-train crashes that many Americans may not be to familiar:
333 – millions of vehicles that cross railroad tracks every day. 355 – Number of people killed in 2004 at highway-rail grade crossing collisions. 485 – Number of people killed in 2004 trespassing on railroad property. 18 – Number of football fields it takes a freight train, traveling at 55mph, to stop. 50 – Percentage of vehicle/train collisions that occur at crossings with active warning devices (lights, gates, bells). 242,500 – Approximate number of at-grade highway-rail crossings in the U.S. 40 – Times you are more likely to die in a crash with a train than you are to die in an automobile crash. 2 – Average time, in hours, between each incident where a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by a train.
Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has been representing victims of vehicle-train crashes for many years and understand the unique investigations that are specific to railway crashes. He also specialized in representing railway workers that have been injured in crashes while on the job. This is a special area of law called Federal Employers Liability Act. If you have been in a train related crash, contact The Cagle Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation to determine if you have a wrongful death or personal injury claim. 1(314) 276-1681.