Two women were killed in a fatal train accident that occurred on July 23rd when their car went around the crossing gates which were down at the time of the crash, crossed over the train tracks and was struck by a passing train. In addition to the two women that were in the car at the time of the accident, two other people involved in the accident suffered personal injuries as well. Both young women that were killed in the accident were killed by multiple blunt force trauma, and according to the Post-Tribune, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Following the tragic train accident, the train which was involved in the accident was suspended indefinitely. To read more about this train accident, please click on this link.
Illinois injury attorneys remind drivers that they should never try to cross train tracks when the crossing gate are down, even if you think you have time to make it across safely. Often times trains are moving so quickly that even though you may not see it approaching, and therefore believe you have time to cross before it arrives, it is usually moving at high enough speeds that it can approach the crossing much more quickly than you may have imagined. As seen in this accident, it is difficult to judge when the train will arrive at the crossing exactly, and it is always better to be safe than sorry in these types of situation, so please always wait for the train to cross when you come across a train crossing where the gates are down.