The former mayor of Monessen, Pennsylvania (PA) suffered serious facial injuries when a large train maintenance car smashed into her vehicle at a train crossing in Monessen.
The woman was driving across rail road tracks at a crossing when a ballast regulator hit her station wagon. She suffered a broken nose and several face fractures.
According to witnesses, the railroad crossing arms were down and the safety lights were blinking but the former mayor was crossing the tracks.
Statistics show that there are car/train crashes every 12 seconds in the US. In our work as train accident attorneys, we have seen cases where the train conductor was at fault. In other cases, there is a malfunction with the railroad crossing gates. Sometimes, the horn or whistle on the train do not work (in the case above, a witness reporting hearing the train whistle). And in some cases, as in the above apparently, the car driver tries to beat the train, and tragedy unfolds.
It never is a good idea to ignore the railroad crossing arms and lights at railroad tracks. We hope that this woman is able to recover from her injuries as soon as possible.