A tragic Chicago truck accident involving a collision at a Metra railroad crossing struck on Friday morning. ABC Local News reported on the accident and what has since been uncovered about the truck driver whose mistake caused the deadly crash.
According to the initial reports, the accident occurred in Mount Prospect at a spot known as a “diagonal crossing” where three separate tracks intersect at the same point. The driver of a dump truck was at the intersection around 8:40 a.m. A train was approaching at the time and the crossing lights were activated. The gates were also down attempting to further warn travelers of the approaching train. A no-left turn sign was posted, because the maneuver is not allowed even when no trains are near.
Unfortunately, the truck driver ignored the warnings and attempted to make a left turn across the tracks. As he did, the speeding Metra train collided with the truck. The driver was killed in the accident and dozens of passengers received injuries. Several cars derailed and a fire broke out in one of the first train compartments.
It has since been discovered that the truck driver had a history of traffic violations. He was involved in an Illinois truck accident lawsuit in 1993 after being ticketed for hitting another car while driving a Mack truck. He received a DUI in 2000, a ticket for driving the wrong way down a one-way street in 2007, and another in 2008 for disobeying a traffic light.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti send condolences to the victims of this accident. It remains vital that all drivers observe basic safety protocols at railroad crossings. There is no room for error. On top of that, employers must ensure that those who operate the largest vehicles on the road have safe driving records.
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