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Tractor-Trailer Driver Dead After Crash with CSX Train in Suffolk, VA

What Happened:

According to a recent report from WAVY, Suffolk, Virginia law enforcement officials are saying that the driver of a tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene of a recent tragic accident involving a CSX train.

The deadly train crash occurred on Route 58 Thursday afternoon near the intersection of East Washington Street and Philhower Drive. The exact scene of fatal CSX train collision was on the tracks leading into O’Malley’s Used Auto Parts, which is located at 1325 Portsmouth Blvd, Suffolk, VA.

Suffolk officials say that the deadly CSX train was carrying four cars loaded down with rocks. Given the weight of the train, it is not surprising that the semi was pushed several hundred yards following the crash. Though the driver of the Virginia tractor-trailer did not stand a chance, it is unknown whether the conductor and engineer of the train suffered injuries.

Officials say the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Though the CSX train engineer and conductor involved in this collision escaped the harm that the truck driver suffered, such good luck is not always the case. For any engineer, conductor, or transportation worker with CSX, Norfolk Southern, or Amtrak, the potential danger posed by similar VA train crashes is never far from your mind.

As VA railroad wrongful death attorneys who have represented victims of railroad accidents for more than a quarter-century, we have seen firsthand the physical and emotional toll both rail workers and members of the public have paid when rail corporations make safety anything other than their top priority.

In this case, the VA tractor-trailer driver was no match for a heavy train loaded down with rocks. It’s tragic that such accidents continue to happen and everyone at our firm is hopeful that this Suffolk, VA train crash will prompt CSX to do more to keep vehicles, people and trains from getting onto its tracks at the same time.

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Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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