Railroad News

Oklahoma Woman Seriously Injured At Dangerous, Unguarded Union Pacific Crossing

(Porter, Oklahoma – June 8, 2012)

A 33-year-old local woman was seriously injured just after noon Friday at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of Union Pacific Railroad tracks and First Street in Porter, OK when her car was struck by a Union Pacific freight train.

Melissa Cole had her automobile destroyed by the train’s impact, and she was flown by helicopter to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK for treatment of numerous injuries, including a ruptured spleen, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Her condition was upgraded to stable Monday, but she remained hospitalized.

The First Street crossing of UPRR in Porter, OK has no automatic protective devices such as flashing lights, bells or crossing gates to warn motorists of oncoming trains, simply relying upon standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs to indicate the presence of railroad tracks.

Friday’s accident was the third collision and second injury at the crossing, which accommodates two trains daily at speeds of up to 25 mph.