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3Oct/12Off

Dozens Injured In Train Derailment

One minute you’re a passenger aboard a train and the next you have sustained multiple injuries because the train derailed. What caused the derailment? It was the driver of a big rig who failed to yield and collided with the train. This is what happens when you fail to obey the rules of the road.

Repair crews worked into Tuesday removing two derailed cars and a locomotive and to repair damaged railroad tracks after an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed in a collision with a big rig truck in California’s Central Valley.

Amtrak California locomotive train.

Amtrak California locomotive train. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The Monday afternoon crash occurred when the driver of the big rig carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks south of Hanford, a farming town.

The train traveled about 600 feet after the collision before hitting a switchback and derailing, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Harris.

Officials have not determined how fast the train or the truck were going, but the average speed for Amtrak through the area is 70 to 80 mph, while the speed limit on the roadway where the truck was traveling is 55 mph, Harris said.

After the crash, metal pieces from the truck could be seen inside the train, which was covered by cotton seeds. Several pieces of luggage were also scattered around the area.

Kings County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam described the injuries to passengers as bumps, bruises, scrapes and possibly broken bones.

The crash occurred at a crossing that was equipped with gates to stop traffic.

Eight of the injured passengers were taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford and five more were expected. She did not provide details on the extent of their injuries.

Four additional injured passengers were taken to nearby Adventist Medical Center in Selma, while seven people were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

The train was on its way from Oakland to Bakersfield, according to Amtrak. It had four rail cars and a locomotive.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Jerry Pierce. Investigators will try to determine if the crash was caused by driver error, a malfunctioning crossing arm, or something else.

Pierce said the other passengers were taken to an auditorium in Hanford, where they boarded another train and continued to their destinations or they were picked up by family members.

All train service through the area was halted after the crash.

Meanwhile, a second accident, this one around 4 p.m. Monday about 10 miles away involving a freight train and a big rig, left a truck driver with major injuries.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a train accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

2Oct/12Off

When Big Rigs And Trains Collide

The failure to obey the rules of the road could have potentially far-reaching consequences. Two such devastating examples occurred yesterday.

Nearly 40 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries Monday afternoon when a big rig collided with a southbound Amtrak train in Kings County near Hanford.

English: An Amtrak train on the NEC in NJ, as ...

English: An Amtrak train on the NEC in NJ, as seen from an NJ transit train. c 2005 joseph barillari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The crash occurred at 12:22 p.m. when the driver of a big rig that was carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train, pushing at least one passenger car off the tracks south of Hanford. The train had just left the Hanford station when it collided with the truck.

While the truck remained on its side at the railroad crossing on Kansas Avenue near 10th Avenue, the train didn’t come to a complete stop until more than an estimated half-mile down the tracks.

Nine of the injured passengers were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia and hospital officials said they were expecting another four to arrive later in the evening. Tulare Regional Medical Center in Tulare said it received an additional 10 passengers for medical evaluation and another six of the injured passengers were taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford. She did not provide details on the extent of their injuries.

The train carrying about 169 passengers and four crew members was on its way from Oakland to Bakersfield, according to Amtrak. It had four rail cars and a locomotive.

Pierce said that the truck driver, whose name was not released, suffered moderate injuries. The CHP said it’s investigating the crash.

Responding to the collision were the Hanford Police Department, Kings County Sheriff’s Department, CHP, Kings County Probation Department, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Hanford City Fire Department, Kings County Fire Department and American Ambulance. Pierce said that more than 50 personnel were on hand to help with passengers.

Pierce said the other passengers were taken by bus to the Hanford Civic Auditorium, where they will board a train and continue to their destinations or family members will pick them up. The American Red Cross provided water, snacks and mental health support to the uninjured passengers.

Not more than four hours later, a second train collision was reported in Kings County just north of Hanford.

A freight train collided with a big rig on Granville Road and Second Street at 3:55 p.m. The crash didn’t block any roadways but the driver of the truck reported serious injuries, a severe head laceration, and he was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, according to the CHP.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a train accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

1Oct/12Off

At Least 20 Injured In Train Collision

After colliding with a big rig truck, an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed in California’s Central Valley.

Working into the early hours of Tuesday morning, crews worked to remove the two derailed cars and repair the damaged railroad tracks.

According to authorities, at least 20 passengers experienced minor to moderate injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, carrying cotton rubbish did not yield for the train, resulting in collision between the two, on Monday afternoon.The locomotive and two passenger cars were pushed from the track due to the impact, in the farming community of Hanford.

A passenger, Edmund Sanders, who had missed his Greyhound bus from Fresno en route to Los Angeles spoke with the Fresno Bee:

“Right after it happened I see all these people with a terrified look on their faces, all trying to get to the front of the train. I tried as best I could to try and calm people down and help them get off that train. I really think that God has his hands on that train today.”

Before hitting a switchback and derailing, the train travelled about 600 feet after the collision, California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Harris said.

Officials have yet to determine the speed of the train and the truck before the collision, through the average speed of an Amtrak train is about 70-80 mph and the speed limit on the highway the driver was on is 55 mph, Harris said.

Cotton seeds were scattered across the scene and the truck’s metal pieces were seen inside the train, after the collision. Luggage had been thrown from the train and was dispersed around the train.

The majority of the injuries were minor and included bruises, bumps, scrapes and a few broken bones, King County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam told The Associated Press. 

The crossing where the crash occurred was supplied with a gate to stop traffic, Putnam said.

No specific details on the extent of the injuries was released by Adventist Medical Center’s spokeswoman, Christine Pickering. However, she did say eight of the injured passengers were taken to the hospital and five more were expected to be treated there.

“We did call in additional physicians and staff,” Pickering told The Associated Press.

The nearby Adventist Medical Center, in Selma, admitted four other injured passengers, while seven others went to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, authorities said.

Authorities are investigating the crash to see whether it was caused by a malfunctioning cross arm or if it was due to an error or negligence from the driver, the CHP said.

If you are involved in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Cases where negligence is involved are considered to be personal injury cases. Due to the complexities of personal injury cases, it is vital to contact an attorney who is incredibly knowledgable in the field and has plenty of invaluable experience.

Contact an attorney today to see how much compensation you are entitled to for your losses.