A Springfield, Virginia man apparently was walking across the railroad tracks near Alexandria when he was hit by an Amtrak train. The 64 year-old man died at the scene.
According to state police, it was a Virginia Railway Express train that hit the man. It was on the Mannasas, Virginia line near Backlick Road. The train was going from New York to New Orleans with over 200 people on board.
Service was disrupted on the train line for several hours while the investigation was underway.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Perspective:
According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, there were 9,232 train accidents, 6,297 serious injuries due to train accidents, and 637 train-related fatalities across the United States in 2008. Pedestrians should always remember that it is dangerous and illegal to walk along or cross a railroad track. Only cross train tracks in designated areas with crossing lights.
The family of the victim could benefit from speaking to a personal injury lawyer soon. They could be entitled to financial restitution in a wrongful death civil lawsuit.
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