Trucks and trains are powerful, massive vehicles that can cause a great deal of damage in a collision. Although they only happen occasionally, crashes that involve both of these machines are more common than you might think. One serious train-truck accident recently occurred in central Pennsylvania.
The collision took place when a tractor-trailer had difficulty crossing the railroad tracks. Fortunately, the train struck its cargo trailer rather than the tractor. One individual was slightly injured. The crash caused at least 10 train cars to derail and forced state police to close roads for many hours.
None of the vehicles were carrying hazardous materials. The truck's trailer contained part of a concrete bridge. It was heavily damaged by the collision. Witnesses said that the warning lights began to flash while part of the truck remained inside the railroad crossing zone.
Another train and truck accident happened in Pennsylvania during mid-December. The late morning crash took place at an intersection of two streets. A tractor-trailer and a cargo train collided, causing fuel to spill. Special cleanup crews had to be dispatched. Luckily, no injuries were reported.
A more serious crash occurred in Pennsylvania in early 2012. The train's locomotive hit a truck's cargo trailer as it was crossing the tracks. It injured the truck driver and caused a large diesel spill. Emergency personnel were dispatched and an ambulance took the driver to a hospital for treatment of a head wound.
Luckily, flying debris did not strike any nearby drivers. There were concerns that the diesel fuel may have contaminated groundwater in the area, but Department of Environmental Protection officials did not believe that any fuel had entered the local creek. The road remained closed for nearly eight hours.
Yet another train-truck accident happened in Pennsylvania during early 2011. Although trains usually hit vehicles as they cross the tracks, a tractor-trailer struck the side of the locomotive in this crash. The driver explained that he couldn't see the train because of glare from the morning sun.
The train used its whistle and the flashing lights at the crossing to warn motorists of its approach. However, there weren't any gates at the intersection. The truck and cargo train both suffered significant damage and had to be taken to repair facilities. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident, and no fuel spills were reported.
Train-truck collisions typically result in many thousands of dollars in damage to vehicles and cargo. Both machines protect their operators quite effectively, though injuries do sometimes occur. The crashes often result from mechanical problems or driver error. It is always important to use extreme care when crossing a railway line.
If you have suffered physical harm as a result of a truck accident, it's best to contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation if the crash was caused by negligence or human error.