Posted on January 24th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Two separate trains were involved in two separate train accidents in Phelps and Crawford Counties according to the St. James Leader-Journal. On Monday morning a 17-year old girl of Leasburg, Missouri tried to cross northbound railroad crossing and failed to yield to the train traveling eastbound. The young girl suffered minor injuries, was transported to the hospital and the car was totaled. The train engine suffered minor injuries according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Earlier that morning, Rolla Central Communication received a 911 call from a couple of Springfield, Missouri who apparently were stuck on the railroad tracks somewhere in Rolla, Missouri. The occupants of the car did not know where they were located exactly yet could hear a train. Rolla police and emergency personnel were dispatched to search for the car and couple and the couple were instructed to get out of the car. The female driver did exit the car; however, the male passenger had difficulty exiting the car as he walks with assistance. The engineer saw the 2001 Mercedes Benz and began activating emergency braking procedures on the train; however, the train still collided with the automobile. The train struck the male occupant as he was attempting to get out of the car and he was knocked to the ground. He was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for injuries to his hip.
Two train wrecks with automobiles in one day are rare and in both incidents, the victims were fortunate they were only injured. Often times, collisions with trains result in very serious injuries and fatalities. Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has been representing victims of train accidents for many years and understands the unique situation that train wrecks present. A thorough investigation is always crucial to determine all factors leading up to the crash.
Zane Cagle is an expert in law and federal regulations regarding railways including rail employees that are injured while on the job. The Federal Employers Liability Act applies to railway workers that are injured while performing their duties on the railroad and are entitled to compensation under that act. If you or a loved one has been a victim or a train accident, it is important to call a St. Louis personal injury attorney that is an expert in railway law. Call 1(314) 276-1681 for free consultation to determine if you have a personal injury, FELA, or wrongful death case.