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Tacoma, Washington – Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Getting Struck by Train

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Posted on October 15, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (October 10, 2019) – A pedestrian was reported to be in critical condition after getting struck by train no. 1523 2 miles east of the Tacoma Station on Thursday evening. She has been taken to a local hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported in the accident.

According to the report the train had left King Street Station in Seattle around 5:45 p.m., with the train colliding with the victim around 6:40 p.m. The accident caused the train to be temporarily stopped at the sit, and another train was held up at the Puyallup Station. However, Sound Transit was reported to have provided buses to get passengers.

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.