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Train Accident Fatally Injures Two Near Denair

Train Accident Fatally Injures Two Near Denair

Train Accident Fatally Injures Two Near Denair

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. Two Ceres residents were driving together near Denair during the early morning hours of Saturday, August 5, 2017. This would be the last ride these two would take together due to a devastating train accident.

I would like to extend my condolences to the family members of the two victims that passed away in this tragic accident.

What Happened?

A 37-year-old Ceres man was driving his 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck southbound along Sante Fe Avenue in the vicinity of Keyes Road at about 2:30 am. The man allegedly drove around one of the activated railroad crossing arms and attempted to cross the railroad tracks ahead of an oncoming train. The man’s efforts were, unfortunately, unsuccessful. The Chevrolet was struck by the train, resulting in a serious collision.

Was Anybody Injured?

Sadly, the two occupants of the Chevrolet pickup succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

What Caused the Train Accident?

It is still too early to determine a cause of the train accident. Usually, authorities take one to two weeks to process a Traffic Collision Report. However, investigators suspect that drunk driving may have played a role in this collision.

Similar Train Accident Near Denair

A similar train accident took place on October 11, 2016. For unknown reasons, the trailer of a semi-truck got trapped along the railroad tracks at Applegate Road. Authorities reported that the collision occurred when a freight train was traveling at a high rate of speed and collided with a big rig. Thankfully, no one suffered injuries.

Train Accident Statistics

According to a 2016 Statistic Report by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), there were approximately 670 accidents involving trains.  Of these crashes, 209 victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and 4 victims suffered fatal injuries. Human factors were confirmed in 264 of these occurrences. It is important to make sure it is clear at a train intersection before allowing your vehicle to cross. Avoid driving around lowered gates. Immediately exit your car if it gets stuck along the tracks of a railroad crossing. Keep in mind that it is always better to be safe than sorry. By following these safety tips, you can ultimately ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones in your car. For more details, contact an experienced Modesto personal injury lawyer.

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