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Car train collision raises questions of railroad crossing safety

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

A collision near Windsor, Colorado between a car and a train on August 1 caused no serious injuries, but it did raise questions about the safety of the railroad crossing. Residents complain that the crossing has been a problem for years. The crossing itself is bumpy, needing to be repaved, while only a crossbuck exists to warn vehicles of the crossing. No equipment is present to warn oncoming vehicles of the presence of a train - neither lights nor gates exist at the crossing.

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Car train collision at unguarded Iowa railroad crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

A person, yet to be identified, was killed Tuesday morning in a car-train accident at an unguarded railroad crossing. The driver apparently began traversing across the railroad crossing when an incoming train hit the car, flipping it over into a ditch, where it burst into flames. The crossing is marked only by a crossbuck sign.

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The death of three at a Nebraska railroad crossing sparks concern

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

On July 26th, three young adults lost their lives in a train-car collision at a railroad crossing which all seem to agree was a dangerous one. Those connected to this tragedy are wondering why this crossing wasn't more protected. The spokespersons for BSNF are claiming that the crossing had sufficient warning in the crossing's "crossbuck" sign. Others are not so convinced: lights and gates could have prevented this tragedy.

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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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Two teenagers injured at unguarded North Dakota railroad crossing

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

Two teenagers near Des Lacs, ND were thrown out of their car when it collided with an eastbound train on Sunday. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train hit the car's front end, sending the vehicle into a nearby ditch. The teenagers had to be rescued from the vehicle, and sent to a hospital in Minot to be treated for their injuries.

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Another unguarded crossing tragedy in Missouri

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

A private crossing in Springfield, MO was the location of another railroad crossing fatality earlier today. A young man pulled up to the crossing in his van, was hit by an oncoming BNSF train, and died when his van burst into flames.

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Stop sign at deadly crossing: too little, too late

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

What's wrong with this picture: a respected citizen and grandmother in Terra Haute, IN, loses her life at an unprotected railroad crossing, while her two passengers - her granddaughters - are both admitted to ICU. In response, a stop sign is installed at the crossing.

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Ungated crossing causes tragedy for 7-year-old

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC | railroad news

Two granddaughters in Terre Haute, IN lost their grandmother last Friday to a train accident at an ungated crossing. The older of the sisters, at 11, was released from ICU rapidly, while the younger at 7 is still in intensive care. The street, Feree Drive, has three sets of unguarded tracks, including the crossing at which the tragic accident occurred.

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