Another fatal Amtrak train crash has affected Chicago residents – but this time, the accident occurred in Michigan. The train in question was a passenger train operated by Amtrak, which had departed Chicago earlier in the evening of the crash, en route to Grand Rapids.
There was one fatality, a 19-year-old driver of the car struck by the moving train.
Although the cause of the accident is not yet confirmed, early reports state that the deceased auto driver turned in front of the train, attempting to “beat” the train despite the activated warning gates, which he maneuvered his car around. The local Sheriff has confirmed that the guards, as well as the lights and bells at the railroad crossing were working at the time of the accident.
There were seventy-two passengers aboard the train at the time of the accident. Fortunately, none of the passengers was killed or seriously injured in the accident.
Our experienced train injury attorneys echo the sentiments of law enforcement calling for drivers to practice basic train safety with respect to obeying warning signs and crossing gates. While many train accidents are caused by the negligence of railroad personnel or machinery, some accidents could be prevented by drivers and pedestrians following basic safety rules.
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