A major collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a semi-trailer resulted in over a dozen injuries, according to WCNC News. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reports that the semi-trailer was stuck on the rails, and the Piedmont, train No. 73, was unable to stop in time.
The collision, which happened in Mebane, N.C., caused three coach cars as well as the locomotive to derail. It also ruptured the fuel tank and caused a fire. According to the NCDOT, the train, which was traveling at a speed of 70 mph, "carried [the truck] about 150 yards past the intersection before it came to a stop."
Twelve passengers and one Amtrak crew member were treated for injuries. Of the 13, two were treated for serious injuries, according to FOX 8 News. Others sustained minor injuries such as abdominal pain, cuts and bruises.
WCNC reports that police have not charged the driver of the semi-trailer with a traffic offense. The investigation, however, is still underway, and much needs to be looked into.
According to WCNC, there are signs around the railroad crossing track that warn truck drivers of getting stuck on the rails. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) cites six accidents that have happened at the same crossing, one "a wreck in 2005 that killed a 78-year-old," reports WCNC.
With an accident of this magnitude, we are thankful there were no fatalities. Often, major train and truck accidents can result in serious injury and even death for both passengers and train crews. The FRA reports that from January to October of last year--just ten months--close to 1200 Amtrak train accidents occurred, causing 109 fatalities and 1,074 injuries.
Those injured in this terrible wreck have the right to file a claim. The passengers on the Piedmont were simply trying to travel from one place to another; they didn't expect to be involved in a dangerous, life-threatening accident, resulting in many injuries. If you have been injured in a rail accident, call our law-firm for a free consultation about your accident case.