Last Friday, a KCS train heading south on Highway 1 crashed into the cab of a big rig traveling west, temporarily closing a section of Highway 1. The tank of the salt water truck ruptured at the moment of impact, and Life Air Rescue, North Caddo Medical, Caddo Fire District, and SWEPCO were then called to the scene. Reports state that the big rig driver was taken to the hospital, and the authorities have not released any more information regarding the investigation.
While the cause of the crash remains unknown, train accidents involving commercial trucks and smaller vehicles are commonly a result of human error. Unsuspecting truck drivers can be injured in an accident if the person operating the train fails to brake in time, is speeding, or is experiencing fatigue. There can also be issues with the train’s equipment, tracks, or maintenance that can lead to a crash.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of railroad workers, conductors, and the company in charge to ensure that all cargo is being transported safely without endangering others. When these avoidable incidents occur, any of these parties could be liable. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a train accident, consult with the personal injury attorneys at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve, so give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.