Man in 18-Wheeler Killed in Collision with Train
Details of the Tran Accident in North Texas
According to NBC Chicago, the accident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday on the 4600 block of East Scyene Road in Sunnyvale, near the Mesquite city line.
Officials are still investigating the accident, however they believe that an Amtrak train collided with an 18-wheeler, killing at least one person.
The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Thomas Shannon of Plano, who was driving the truck to APAC Texas, a paving contractor that sits near the railroad tracks. None of the 44 passengers or the six employees on the train were injured. The train originated in San Antonio with an eventual destination in Chicago.
The Amtrak train was inspected for mechanical issues and continued on its journey to Chicago shortly after 7 p.m.
Important Information about Railroad Accidents in the United States
According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis:
- In 2015, there were a total of nearly 69 railroad accidents in the United States.
- Of those accidents that happened in 2015, 9 of them were fatal.
- Sometimes accidents happen due to problems with the tracks, signal issues, mechanical failures in the train, or by human error.