(Inez, Texas – August 15, 2018)
A 33-year-old Victoria, TX mother and her three sons, who range in age from 9 to 16, were all being treated for serious injuries in two south Texas hospitals. Their injuries occurred when their Toyota Tundra truck was struck by a Houston-bound Kansas City Southern freight train. The collision happened at the dangerous and unguarded crossing of former Texas Mexican Railway tracks and Kolle Street in Inez, TX Wednesday afternoon.
Amanda Page and her two oldest sons were all transported via ground ambulance to a Victoria hospital, while her 9-year-old son was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, TX. All four are listed in serious condition at the two trauma care centers.
Viewing the incredible damage sustained by the pickup, it was a miracle that any of the four occupants survived the collision. Two of the boys were, thrown from the vehicle upon impact with the train.
Although daily averages of 10 KCS trains traverse the Kolle Street/KCS crossing at a maximum allowable speed of 59 mph, there are no active warning devices, such as lights and gates, at the crossing. It is virtually certain that if this crossing was equipped with lights and gates, this collision would not have happened. Both KCS and Operation Lifesaver all know that lights and gates are the most effective type of protection at railroad crossings. Studies that have been conducted over fifty years ago confirm that lights and gates offer the ability to drastically reduce the number of vehicle/train accidents by as much as 96%.