Some of the worst accidents on our roadways occur at railroad crossings. Cars and drivers have little chance of escaping damage when involved in a run-in with a machine of the size and power of modern trains.
That is what makes the pair of train accidents that occurred this morning all the more tragic. According to the Chicago Tribune the two crashes occurred on opposite sides of a crossing on the 9000 block of South Halsted Street, early in the morning, around 3 am. It was obviously dark outside and the train was headed eastbound. The train conductor noticed that the emergency lights and gates were not working. The lack of lights meant that the black train was almost invisible to the approaching cars.
The train was forced to stop before it completely crossed the tracks because another train was stalled in front of it. It was at that moment that the crashes occur. A southbound car crashed into the side of the stopped tanker first, following shortly after by a northbound vehicle. Four people were injured in the pair of Chicago train accidents. Three of them are currently listed in critical condition.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are saddened to hear news of these train accidents. Basic safety demands that all roads signs be followed at all times. The need to abide by traffic signs is especially demanding when approaching trains, because the failure to take care at those areas almost always involves deadly collisions. No vehicle will be able to provide much protection when in the path of a fast moving passenger train. However, that is impossible when malfunctions at the site make the emergency signs inactive. A full investigation needs to be launched to understand what went wrong.
Train accidents are typically some of the most damaging crashes near the road. We urge blog readers to take all care possible around these intersections.
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