According to a newspaper article that appeared in The Virginian Pilot, a train in Milwaukee collided with a vehicle that was stopped on railroad tracks at a grade crossing on Monday, May 25th. The accident occurred when the driver of a van, 40-year old Monica Ensley-Partenfelder, along with her 2-year old son got stuck on the tracks. It was reported that the husband of the family was traveling in a separate vehicle and came to the aid of his wife and son along with a police officer, John Krahn, 41. Together, they rescued the two from the vehicle. However, as the train struck the van, the vehicle was then thrown into the rescuers. While the wife and boy did not sustain injuries, police officer John Krahn and husband Scott Partenfelder, 47, were rushed into emergency surgery and are still in the hospital. John Krahn was reported to be in satisfactory condition following surgery and Scott Partenfelder remains in critical condition.
Our firm in Virginia Beach, VA, has seen many cases where a car gets trapped in front of a locomotive. Sometimes the car stalls, and sometimes defects in the crossing of the railroad and the street pin the vehicle. Too often death or serious injuries result to the motor vehicle’s driver or passengers. Our area has lots of potentially dangerous grade crossings of Norfolk Southern in Norfolk and Chesapeake, of CSX in Portsmouth and Suffolk, and of Amtrak in Newport News.
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