Harris Co, TX (September 09, 2021) - The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed during a collision involving a freight train on Wednesday, September 8th just outside of Houston at the FM 1960/FM 2100 grade crossing.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the accident took place at about 7:00 a.m. when a Kansas City Southern train crashed into the vehicle, which then erupted into flames.
The truck was apparently in line with multiple other vehicles waiting for traffic as the train approached.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one on board the train was injured.
The grade crossing is not closed to motorists. The train did not derail and no hazmat was involved. The incident is under investigation.”
Officials have not released the name of the truck driver.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim at this time.
Train Accidents in Harris County
Accidents that take place at highway-railway crossings have the highest rate of annual train-related fatalities. They are responsible for between 300 and 400 deaths annually. A responsible party can be identified in every single train crossing accident, including those tasked with track maintenance, maintaining crossing signals, and the upkeep of roadways that lead to the tracks.
Railway crossing accidents can have multiple causes, such as defective crossing signals, including those with no gates, no lights, and overgrown shrubbery, all of which make an approaching train difficult to see. It is essential to document the crash site before the railroad company has a chance to clear the scene. It is up to them to make sure that the warning devices are clearly visible and in proper working order.
In rural areas, a train neglecting to sound its horn could result in an accident, particularly at crossings with no gate. A lot of railroad crossings only have crossbucks or lights. Obstructed sightlines make the train or the crossing itself hard to see. In some instances, private crossings are upheld by a property owner instead of the railroad company.
Harris County Train Accident Attorneys
At Farah Law, our skilled and knowledgeable train accident attorneys in Harris County strive to help families protect their legal rights by providing them with responsive, effective, and compassionate legal representation. For over five decades, we have masterfully represented bereaved families to ensure they are able to maximize their recoveries through legal actions.
When victims lose their lives in accidents caused by the reckless actions of others, it is imperative that their families seek legal guidance from a qualified and knowledgeable wrongful death attorney in the Harris County area as soon as possible. Working with an aggressive legal team will ensure your family is able to protect your legal rights after enduring the unexpected loss of a loved one.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, it is crucial that you act quickly to protect your legal rights. Contact our Harris County personal injury attorneys at (888) 481-9359. Schedule a free consultation with our attorneys to discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident to determine what legal options are available to you.
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