A Saturday morning train-car crash has claimed the lives of three children in San Patricio County.
Information About the Train-Car Crash
According to KWTX, the male driver of a 2008 Mitsubishi failed to stop at a train crossing on CR 1136. A Union Pacific Train struck the Mitsubishi from the right side, sending the vehicle off the tracks and into a cable barrier.
Two children were ejected from the vehicle. A 12-year-old and an 8 year-old were pronounced dead at the scene. A third child, 5, was transported to Driscoll Children’s Hospital where she later died. The driver also suffered serious injuries.
None of the children were wearing seatbelts.
Texas Ranks High for Railroad Crossing Crashes
According to Operation Lifesaver, there are more train crashes at railroad crossings in Texas than any other state. In 2017, Texas railroad crossings were the scenes of 232 crashes, 13 deaths, and 76 total injuries.
Important Information about Railroad Crossing Accidents
According to data collected by Operation Lifesaver, there hundreds of wrongful deaths of people involved in railroad accidents every year in the United States:
- The force of a 30-car train hitting you vehicle is the equivalent of the force of a vehicle crushing an aluminum soda can.
- Three out of four collisions involving trains happen within 25 miles of a motorist’s home.
- A motorist is about 20 times more likely to die in an accident that involves a train than in an accident involving another vehicle.
Contact An Experienced Train Accident Attorney
Injuries caused by railroad and train accidents are oftentimes severe and in some cases deadly. Medical bills, lost wages, and other damages can be obtained by suing the negligent parties involved, which may include the train or railroad company. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one were injured while riding on a train or while outside of a train, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Experienced train accident attorneys are available to take your call and evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.