Texas Crash Between 18 Wheeler and Train Closes Down Crossing
From the hours of 8:20 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. yesterday, an intersection at a train track near Hearne, Texas, was shut down. Authorities closed off the crossing following a crash involving a truck and a Union Pacific train. Neither of the drivers involved in the collision suffered fatal injuries.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety reports, the accident happened likely due to the driver of the 18 wheeler. Authorities suspect that the trucker did not give himself enough time to stop before the crossing. And unfortunately, a train was coming toward the intersection right at that moment. Because the trucker did not brake nor could not pass over the tracks in time, the crash ensued.
Luckily, the train conductor and truck driver were only minimally injured, with only one of them needing hospital attention. Because no serious injuries were sustained, however, does not mean that there is no potential for a lawsuit to develop in this case. Texas authorities have a further investigation to conduct in order to thoroughly understand the crash and decide whether liability can be assigned to the any parties involved in the wreck.
Was the truck driver driving recklessly? Could the train conductor have done anything to prevent the collision from occurring, such as using a horn? Could safety precautions be missing from the intersection at which the accident took place that could have better protected the drivers involved? The investigation into such questions is ongoing.
Bryan College Station Eagle, theeagle.com: Intersection reopened after train strikes 18-wheeler; 10/7/2010