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Puyallup, Washington – Train Collides with Vehicle at North Meridian

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Posted on March 9, 2020

Puyallup, Washington (March 7, 2020) – A train collided with a vehicle at the 200 block of North Meridian on Saturday night. According to the article from News Maven, the driver of the vehicle was able to exit prior to the collision and was unhurt. No other injuries were reported in the incident. The struck vehicle, however, was destroyed in the collision.

Crews from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Puyallup Police and emergency responders went to the scene just after 10 p.m. No word has been given on the cause and circumstances of the collision. The driver of the struck vehicle was arrested after the accident. The crash caused multiple railroad crossings to be closed while investigation and clean-up were ongoing.

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.