WNYT News reported on a tragic collision that took the life of a truck driver last week. The truck accident involved an Amtrak train that left from Chicago and headed toward Albany. Near Dunkirk, New York that train came upon a road intersection with a tractor-trailer stopped on the tracks. The train was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision, and the truck failed to move.
The fast-moving train demolished the large truck upon impact. The driver of the truck was killed. Fortunately, none of the 240 passengers were injured.
The problem of cars and trucks attempting to beat trains seems to be growing. Train operators note that total train accident deaths in just the first five months of 2010 were almost the total for the entire year in 2009. With a 1,000-ton train traveling down the track at 70 miles per hour, there is almost no such thing as a “minor” train accident. Each incident is extremely costly.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the extreme risk any driver, especially truckers, take when attempting to beat a speeding train. The perception of the driver when on the road and staring down a track is often dangerously skewed. It is impossible to know exactly how fast a train is going, how long it will take to arrive at the crossing, and how long it will take the vehicle to drive across the danger area. This is even truer for semi-trucks, which have long beds to get across the track zone. Under no circumstances is the small time savings worth the risk of damage and death that comes with a train accident.
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