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Edmonds, Washington – Train Strikes Car Stalled on Tracks

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Posted on December 15, 2019

Edmonds, Washington  (December 13, 2019) – A train struck a car that had stalled on the tracks at the Dayton Street Crossing on Friday evening. Fortunately the occupants of the car were able to get out of the vehicle before the impact, and no one aboard the train was injured. The tracks were later inspected for damage.

The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. According to the report, the driver had mistakenly turned down the tracks and was unable to get his vehicle off away when the crossing arms came down. The occupants of the car decided to exit their vehicle instead, which was struck and dragged by the train. A bus was provided for passengers of the train, and Dayton Street was temporarily closed while the scene was being investigated.

About Train Accidents

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.

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