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All Posts in Category: railroad accidents


Could Rock Slide Fences Prevent Derailments?

Posted by Mary Lightman on 13 Oct, 2015

download (4)Transportation officials are trying to determine whether or not special fences that are used to protect railroad tracks from rock slides in some parts of the country might also be used in Vermont.

The Amtrak train known as The Vermonter had been carrying 98 passengers and four crew members when it hit rocks that had fallen from a ledge onto the tracks approximately 20 miles south of Montpelier. The derailment caused the locomotive and the first car to go off the rails and down an embankment.

Amtrak CEO, Joseph Boardman said in a recent interview that he was uncertain whether such special fences would… Read More


Vagabonds Hop Charleston Train Leading to Fatal Incident

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 03 Jan, 2012

Railroad TracksDuring the summer months your Charleston accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC came across a number of train-related accidents occurring at railroad crossings. Links to the entries covering these incidents can be found directly below this post. But, over the last month there have been two fatal accidents involving trains. The happened in mid-November when a 27-year-old woman from Alabama either jumped off or fell from a CSX transportation train. According to a Post and Courier report, the train was about two miles south of U.S. Highway 17 and S.C. Highway 162 in Charleston County when… Read More


Second Summer Collision at Railroad Crossing in Goose Creek

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 02 Aug, 2011

Railroad Crossing SignAs is the case with many South Carolina injury lawyer blog posts, there are often new incidents that bear a striking similarity to older entries, and this one is no different. Earlier this summer there were a couple entries posted concerning fatal auto and truck accidents involved with trains. And in today’s Post and Courier there was an article reporting on another of these devastating accidents, however, by some miraculous means, this incident did not take any lives.

This past weekend, more specifically Saturday night around 11:30 p.m., a car sitting on the railroad tracks at U.S. Highway… Read More


Train Strikes U.S. Border Patrol SUV, Kills Two Agents

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 12 May, 2011

Border PatrolEarlier in the week the Charleston boating accident attorneys shared an entry regarding the high frequency of train accidents in Louisiana. Noting the dangers trains pose to motor vehicles and pedestrians attempting to cross railroad tracks. And just this afternoon there was a breaking case reported by CNN that outlines of an incident involving two U.S. Border Patrol agents who were killed today when their vehicle was struck by a train.

At the time of the fatal accident, the two Patrol agents were in an on-duty SUV and were the process of assisting in the apprehension of suspected unauthorized… Read More


Frequency of Train Accidents in Louisiana Heighten Public Safety Concerns

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 10 May, 2011

Near the end of April there were 3 train accidents in a 24 hour span in Louisiana. Such an abundance, in such a short amount of time truly astonishes the Charleston railroad accident attorneys, as well the residents of the state, especially considering the accidents left two people dead. Train

In one of the accidents a 41-year-old female driver tried to go around the railroad crossing arm in her Toyota Camry and was struck by an Amtrak passenger train. Needless and unfortunate to stay the impact from the locomotive killed the woman, she was pronounced dead at the scene of the Jefferson Parish railroad… Read More