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Authorities Investigate Buffalo Train Accident

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Brooke Shroyer2 years ago

Last Tuesday, a tractor-trailer crashed into a moving freight train and caught on fire in Buffalo, New York. 

Details of the Buffalo Train Accident

According to Reuters, the train was in reverse on the tracks when the collision took place at approximately 9:55 a.m. A natural gas cylinder in the truck caught on fire when it barreled into the train.

The Buffalo Fire Department immediately extinguished the fire and there was no resulting damage. The five or six firefighters that put out the fire were inspected for smoke inhalation. 

The train conductor and truck driver were brought to a hospital for burn treatment. Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield claimed that the two men were not critically hurt and are anticipated to survive.

Train Accident Statistics

Accredited to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis:

  • 2,280 collisions were recorded at railroad crossings in 2014, resulting in 267 deaths and 832 injuries.
  • This marked an increase from 2013 when 2,096 crashes and 231 deaths were recorded.
  • It is estimated that three out of every four crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a train occur within 25 miles of the motorist’s home.
  • A motorist is nearly 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash with a train than in a crash with another motor vehicle.


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