A Metrolink train collided into an occupied car, and authorities closed the tracks and a roadway to clean up debris.
The collision occurred around 5:40 p.m. Police and firefighters arrived shortly after to reports of a train striking a vehicle on the tracks. The accident occurred at Sand Canyon near the I-5 freeway.
The car was a Chevrolet Cavalier. Thankfully, it was unoccupied. The female driver was found nearby. Her car had stalled on the tracks, and she was able to evacuate the vehicle. A civilian passing by helped the woman out of her vehicle. Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries.
The car was severely damaged. Authorities had to close the track for a cleanup operation. A portion of Sand Canyon, from Oak Canyon to Burt Road, was also shut down for several hours after the accident.
Passengers of the train reported that Metrolink handled the situation very well. All passengers were safely transported home, and no passengers were injured.
Everyone involved in this accident is very lucky no one is injured. Train and car collisions are a serious problem. Car passengers are usually killed on impact or die at the scene of the collision. The train passengers are also in danger. The impact can cause significant injuries.
There are many causes of car and train collisions. Car drivers have been known to try to drive around the crossing gate, instead of waiting for the train to pass. Drivers sometimes intentionally get in the way of trains, in an attempt at suicide. Sometimes, it is a cross gate or traffic light malfunction. Thankfully, the woman in this story was able to get out of her car before the collision. She would have been at least severely injured.
If you search train and car collision on any Internet search engine, you will find an endless list of collisions. Train and car collisions are incredibly dangerous and damaging. It is important for drivers to follow traffic signals and to be attentive. Make sure that the trains are still at a reasonable distance before driving across train tracks. Train conductors must also be attentive and alert. In some cases, Trains may be able to stop just in time before colliding with a car.
The Law Offices of Dara Khajavi hopes that you are never involved in such an accident. If you are ever the victim of a train and car collision, there are legal resources available. Our expert personal injury lawyers can help build your case so that you may seek damages for any losses you experience. Please do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation!