Two Cars Crash Into Train Due to Failed Warning Lights
Posted on February 16th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Several people were critically injured in train collisions when two cars slammed into a parked train in Chicago, Illinois. According to the reports, a man and a friend were traveling in their 2003 Nissan Maxima on South Halsted and the next minute they slammed into a “pitch black” freight train that was stopped across the street. Not long after another car struck the freighter from the other side. Police and fire officials have confirmed that there were no working lights or barriers. According to the 44-year old driver of the Maxima, “there was no lights, no barrier, no flares, no nothing”.
According to officials, the barriers and lights maintained by the rail company at the crossing were not working when the vehicles crashed into the stopped train from both sides near 90th street around 3 a.m. The lights and barriers had been deliberately disable because of “snow build up” and “salt” had stopped them from working properly according to an official with the Federal Railroad Association who is investigating the accident. “They did the responsible thing, which is to take them out of service”, according to an unnamed official, however, the official further indicated that he didn’t know how long they had been out of service and said that www.cgfp.org/buy-flomax-online/ protocol of setting up traffic notification varies due to the crossing.
A railroad crewmember indicated that he had left flares on either side of the train, but investigators say it is unclear if the flares were still burning at the time of the crashes. Under the described circumstance, a train crew usually is supposed to flag down traffic and stay at the crossing until the train passes.
A spokesperson for the train company declined to say whether the train crew followed the proper protocol indicating that first the investigation needed to be completed before comment.
This incident clearly shows the dangers when train warning and safety lights are not working. Serious injuries and fatalities occur all too often when lights are working. Lights and gates must be not only installed at railroad crossing but obviously must be working in order to avoid serious injuries and deaths.
If you or a loved one has been the victim in a railway related accident, it is important to call experienced personal injury attorney, Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm. Also, if you are a railway employee that was hurt while working, then you may have a claim through the Federal Employers Liability Act. Call 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today!