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Burlington, Washington – Car Driver Killed in Collision with Train

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Posted on December 29, 2019

Burlington, Washington (December 27, 2019) – The driver of a car was killed after colliding with a moving train on State Route 20 at Garrett Road on early Friday evening. The victim has been identified as Christopher Brock. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to information from the Washington State Patrol and Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred around 5 p.m. Deputies from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office were trying to stop Brock for traffic violations when he turned onto Garrett Road. The collision caused Brock’s vehicle to be dragged for about a mile to Avon-Allen Road. The car also caught on fire in the incident. The incident is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.

About Train Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. While train accidents can be deadly, they are among the safest forms of transportation, with a fatality rate much lower than car or motorcycle accidents. Derailments, which can lead to many train-related accidents, are said to be common but are most likely harmless, with trains only causing damage or injuries if the derailment causes the train to crash into a structure or another train. However, while riding the train is relatively safe, a collision with one is likely to be deadly. This is because trains can weigh over millions of pounds. According to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the average freight train consisting of 100 cars can weigh from 12 million to twenty million pounds – this weight combined with the speed of a train can cause great impact. Additionally, this weight also delays the effect of an emergency brake, which may need distance of over a mile to fully halt a train. Because of this, it is important to always remain alert near railroads.

While trains have many safety features, it is everyone’s responsibility to be safe around tracks. Keeping in mind that trains cannot swerve nor quickly stop, so pedestrians and drivers alike must take care to keep off tracks when a rain is approaching. Never underestimate the speed of an oncoming train, which may look like it’s approaching slowly due to optical illusions. Lastly, one must always watch out for the presence of a second train. By keeping alert and following regulations, we can help avoid train accidents from happening.