Seattle, Washington – Train Crashes Into Car Parked on the TracksRequest Free Consultation
Seattle, Washington (September 20, 2019) – A light rail train collided with a car that had been left parked on the tracks in the Columbia City neighborhood on Friday evening. Fortunately, there were no occupants in the car, and no one inside the train was injured in the collision.
The crash occurred around 5 p.m. According to the report, the car was apparently stolen and had been left on the tracks. The suspects are said to have fled on foot and are still on the loose. The crash caused the light rail stops between Columbia City and South Othello Street to be closed for around an hour.
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.