Madison man killed by train

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Reports indicate that a Madison man was killed when his vehicle became stuck at a railroad crossing. His passenger is said to have survived with “serious injuries.” The railroad crossing is reported to have been “unsecured,” which indicates that it had neither lights nor gates to warn motorists. The remaining details about the crossing and the other circumstances surrounding the fatality have yet to surface. Testimony of the witness who survived this train crossing accident will be crucial to determining the facts.

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Two accidents, same day, same crossing

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Two separate train wrecks that happened at the same Mississippi railroad crossing on the same day resulted in the death of one man and the critical injury of a woman. The first crossing accident occurred in the morning, injuring the woman. The second railroad crossing accident happened in the afternoon, leaving a man dead and his SUV demolished. Unsafe railroad crossings are always unsafe, and unfortunately an accident can happen at one any time. These two train crashes prove that fact.

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Delaware man hit by train

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An architect employed with a Kansas City firm contracted to work for Amtrak was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Providence last week. The man who died is said to have been working alongside three other men, one of whom was seriously injured. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the railroad accident. This report estimates that a full Federal investigation will take up to one year to complete. So far reports indicate that the curvature of the railroad track may have contributed to this train accident.

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Crossing accident injures two

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A busy highway in Missouri has seen a number of accidents at one of its railroad crossings over the years. Two women were recently injured in a 3 vehicle accident near Columbia. This and various other railroad crossing accidents have happened here due to the 70 mph speed limit and the fact that certain vehicles like school buses and fuel trucks, by law, have to stop at the crossing. Although accidents of this nature have been happening at this crossing for over a decade, MDoT is only now considering adding a flashing light to warn motorists of halted traffic.

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Two survive horrific car/train wreck

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A town is amazed after seeing the remains of an almost unrecognizeable Land Rover that was hit by a train going over 50 mph. Fortunately their amazement is not at the destruction but at the fact that the two occupants lived through the railroad crossing accident. This train accident happened at a crossing with no gates, as we so often see. It is, however, rare that the occupants of such a railroad accident survive. Unfortunately, we cannot depend on luck for survival; lights and gates save lives – plain and simple.

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Woman hit while walking dog

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A New Jersey woman was struck and killed by a train at Sixth and Railroad street in Emmaus. The train was able to stop six blocks after impact and was not put into emergency mode. This railroad crossing previously had no lights or gates. Reports indicate that flashing lights and gates had recently been installed. The crossing accident is said to have occurred at 10:39 p.m. The odd timing may warrant further investigation. No known reports have been made regarding the accessibility of this railroad crossing for pedestrians.

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It took a fatality

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WEST FRANKFORT, IL: For years level-headed citizens of this Illinois town had lobbied to get lights and gates installed at this dangerous railroad crossing. It was not until a popular community member lost his life last month that any action was taken, however. This train accident and others at this railroad crossing could have been prevented had the railroad company taken its proper responsibility to protect the motorists in the city through which it frequently travels.

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Train kills one in Texas

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A 26 year old woman and her 27 year old boyfriend got their car stuck on the railroad tracks on a foggy night in Buda, Texas. She was killed, and her boyfriend was critically injured in the train accident. Although officials are still unsure about the specifics, we know the railroad crossing had only a stop sign to warn motorists of oncoming trains. A worn stop sign on a foggy night is hardly enough to protect drivers from the certain death that will occur in a car vs. train accident.

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Railroad company looks to cameras

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The northern California train company, Caltrain, is preparing to fund half a million dollars worth of cameras on their trains. There were 111 railroad related deaths in California “in the first 10 months of 2007.” Now railroad officials want to add cameras to their trains to help investigate train accidents. For half a million dollars, they could add dozens of lights and protective gates to dangerous railroad crossings across the state.

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