Train versus vehicle accidents occur for any number of reasons, but the most common tends to be driver error. This was not the case last week, when a man drove his car into another, causing a chain-reaction crash that sent one vehicle onto Tri-Rail tracks. The accident occurred near Forest Hill Boulevard.
According to a police report, the accident happened at approximately 6:30 a.m. last Wednesday. A man was driving when he had a medical episode. A seizure caused the man to rear-end the vehicle in front of him. This led to a chain reaction, with two other vehicles being hit from behind. The last vehicle to be hit was pushed onto the railroad tracks.
There were two people in the vehicle that was pushed onto the tracks. They were able to exit their vehicle and flee the tracks. After they were out of the vehicle, a northbound train came along and hit the vehicle, totaling it. There were three employees on the train along with 88 passengers at the time of the collision. No one was injured.
Several trains were delayed Wednesday as workers cleared the vehicle and debris from the tracks.
Although this accident was caused by a medical emergency, officials urge drivers to be cautious at train tracks. If you are in traffic near tracks and moving forward would cause you to be forced to stop on them, wait. If you do get stuck on tracks, follow the example in this incident and exit your vehicle if a train is approaching.
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