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Round Rock Police Investigate Train Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

Police in Round Rock are looking into a fatal collision involving a car and a train near the intersection of East Bagdad Avenue and South Burnet Street.

About the Fatal Train Accident

According to KXAN, the collision occurred around 1:45 am Wednesday and resulted in one death.

The impact of the collision caused the car to land in the back yard of a nearby residence; fortunately, none of the home’s residents were injured.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific claimed the car went around the gate arms and stopped on the track preceding the collision.

Railroad Accident Statistics

The following information was gathered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA):

  • In 2013, 2,087 railroad collisions resulting in 251 deaths and 929 injuries.
  • This marked an increase from 2013 when 1,971 crashes and 232 deaths were recorded.
  • About 75 percent of train v. motor vehicle collisions occurred within 25 miles of the motorist’s home and 50 percent occurred within five miles of the motorist’s home.
  • Train accidents are roughly 20 times more likely to be fatal than auto accidents.

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Woman Killed in El Paso Pedestrian Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

Authorities in El Paso are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that left a 74-year-old resident dead.

Details of the Fatal El Paso Accident

According to KTSM, Alicia Mendoza was struck by an SUV at the intersection of San Antonio Street and Oregon Street in downtown El Paso around 11 am Tuesday.

The driver of the vehicle, and elderly woman whose name has not been released, remained at the scene, and witnesses of the incident stated that Mendoza was not in the crosswalk when the accident occurred.

Authorities are continuing to work the case, looking at physical evidence and witness statements.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • There were 3,413 traffic-related deaths in Texas in 2013, 485 of which were pedestrian accidents.
  • An additional 232,041 people were injured in traffic accidents in 2013.
  • Using available crash data, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured in an auto accident every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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New Information Released in Fatal Katy Crash

Author Jarod Cassidy

Authorities have released new information concerning a fatal accident that resulted in the death of 22-year-old Janeth Mireles last Friday.

Details of the Fatal Katy Accident

The Houston Chronicle reports that Mireles was fatally injured when her vehicle was struck by a Chevy Silverado. It appears that the pickup ran a red light at the intersection of Saums Road and Greenhouse Road in Katy, Texas, causing the collision.

Mireles' boss told reporters that Mireles had just attended the grand opening of a Houston-based real estate company. She was on her way home around 2 am when the accident occurred.

The accident remains under investigation as authorities await the results of a toxicology report for the driver of the pickup, Richard Cooper.

Cooper and his passenger both sustained injuries in the accident and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2013, 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents across Texas. This marked a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 fatalities reported in 2012.
  • 767 of those deaths were attributed to collisions that occurred at or in relation to intersections, and alcohol was determined to be a factor in 1,089 deaths.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injury.

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