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One Dead in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) Railroad Crossing/Train Crash

What Happened

While in preparation to make a stop an Amtrak train collided with an SUV in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina (NC).

The accident occurred at the railroad crossing at the intersection of Hoke Street and Blount Street, the victim was identified as Lynette Renee Fowler, 42. An eyewitness to the accident was in shock when he ran to help the woman and saw that her body had been ejected from her vehicle.

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Investigators pronounced the victim dead on the scene, and stated no passengers on the train were injured. The accident is still under investigation to determine how the woman’s SUV wound up in the path of the train.

The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

According to the US DOT there are about 5,800 vehicle/train crashes each year in the United States, a high percentage of these accidents occur at railroad crossings. The impact of a train hitting a car is comparable to the impact of a car hitting a soda can, the size and weight of a train moving even at a slow speed result in a physical impact that is truly devastating. In any accident involving a train it is always wise to have a private consultation with personal injury/wrongful death lawyer for legal guidance. Railroad companies are infamous for denying responsibility, especially at a railway crossing. This makes the litigation process a very complicated arena. An experienced North Carolina (NC) wrongful death attorney will have their own investigators look at the scene of the accident and acquire evidence to build a strong wrongful death claim. More than 50% of all deadly accidents happen at crossings with passive or inadequate safety devices. Having a North Carolina (NC) wrongful death lawyer on your side can help you recover well deserved damages in the midst of all the pain and suffering. We humbly extend our deepest sympathy to the Fowler family during this time of grief.

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