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Train-truck crossing collision at unguarded Louisiana rail crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

A Union Pacific train collided with a commercial truck earlier today at a railroad crossing in Opelousas, LA. The railroad crossing is not outfitted with protective equipment such as lights or gates. Fortunately, no one suffered any critical injuries, but the driver of the truck was sent to a local hospital as a precaution.

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Oklahoma man killed in truck-train collision

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

Howard Parker, a 43 year old man of Yukon, OK, lost his life driving a dump truck across an unguarded crossing near Union City. The dump truck was hauling concrete back to a worksite when the accident occurred. The investigation is currently underway, but evidence from the scene indicates that Parker didn't stop. The accident occurred at an unguarded crossing with no warning devices other than a passive crossbuck sign. This is the second fatal crossing accident at an unguarded railroad crossing in 30 days in Canadian County, OK.

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Two Kentucky railroad crossing accidents in 24 hours

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

A railroad crossing in Lee County, KY has now been the site of two train accidents in 24 hours. One man had to flee from his pickup truck when it got stuck on the railroad tracks with a CSX train oncoming. Less than a day later, a 25 year old woman was hit while driving her truck by an oncoming train. She suffered a concussion and some broken bones but is recovering.

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Dump truck hit by train at unguarded railroad crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

A Montgomery, Alabama dump truck was hit by a CSX freight train at 8 AM on Saturday. The driver, Jackie Carroll Kemp Jr. was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries reported. The CSX operator was uninjured, although the train itself did derail. Fortunately, none of the hazardous materials being transported by the train were spilled.

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Tragic Minnesota railroad crossing deaths at unguarded crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

Two men driving a Blue Earth County, Minnesota dump truck were struck by a Union Pacific train on Sunday. They lost their lives at the unguarded crossing. Now, the residents of nearby Lake Crystal are left wondering if a guarded railroad crossing might have saved lives. There's good reason to think so, too: 95% of railroad crossing accidents could be prevented by functioning lights and gates. This is especially potent in the case of commercial truck driving: commercial truck drivers should never have to drive over unguarded railroad crossings.

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Oklahoma man dies at unguarded crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

An El Reno, OK man was killed last night attempting to cross a railroad crossing on his tractor trailer when he was killed by a Union Pacific train. The rural crossing had no active warning devices whatsoever - no electronic lights, no protective gate. To most of us, that sounds like an unguarded crossing.

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