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Seattle, Washington – Train-Truck Collision at Airport Way South

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Posted on December 23, 2019

Seattle, Washington (December 18, 2019) – A train struck a UPS delivery truck  at low speed in the area of Airport Way South on Wednesday night. Fortunately the truck driver was able to self-extricate, and no injuries have been reported in the incident. Crews from the Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene at the 5500 block and stayed to mitigate the issue. The accident caused wires to be downed in the area, and drivers were asked to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

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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