A Chicago teenager was killed after being involved in a train accident. Though very few details are available, the Lake County coroner’s office stated the teen died as a result of blunt force trauma.
The train accident happened at 1051 Indianapolis Blvd. and involved a Norfolk Southern train that was headed for New Jersey. The death was ruled an accident by the coroner.
While railway accidents may seem rare, the Federal Highway Administration reports in 2009 there were “1,896 incidents at public highway-rail crossings in the United States that resulted in 247 deaths, and 705 injuries.”
At Operation Lifesaver, several tips are offered to keep you and the passengers in your vehicle safe when crossing tracks. Those tips include:
- Being aware that a train can’t stop quickly—they can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.
- Never try to drive around lowered arms. Even if you are in a hurry, don’t drive around the gates. A train could be blocked from your view. Be patient.
- Look both ways when crossing tracks, even if there is a working guard rail and it isn’t lowered.
- Cross train tracks carefully but quickly. Never stop on the tracks.
- Remember, the train is moving faster than you think. If you think you can “beat” it across the tracks, you could be wrong and being wrong in this situation could prove fatal.
- If your car stalls, get out. If a train is coming, move away from the tracks in the direction of the train. If you move away from the tracks and move in the direction the train is traveling, you could be hit by flying debris when a collision happens.
The Chicago personal injury attorneys of Salvi, Schostok, & Pritchard work to get justice for people who are hurt in serious accidents, whether it’s with another car, a train, or a bus. If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact our offices today to discuss your case and how we might be able to help.