By John Cooper, Norfolk Railroad Accident Injury Lawyer
When things go wrong on the railroad they can go badly wrong. Take, for instance, the recent head-on collision between two freight trains that left three workers dead in Oklahoma.
Fox News reports human error was the likely cause of this fiery train crash in late June 2012, although federal investigators are still gathering evidence and haven’t yet determined a cause.
The crash between the Union Pacific trains just east of Goodwell, approximately 300 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, killed three railroad employees.
“The ‘very badly burned’ remains of the victims have been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City,” Fox reported.
The only other rail worker on the trains managed to jump free before the collision and the subsequent fireball and escaped with only cuts and bruises.
The National Transportation Safety Board said there was no evidence signals malfunctioned, and one of the trains should have pulled onto a side track as it passed through the flat Panhandle landscape. The track’s speed rating was also being examined.
As an experienced Norfolk, VA railroad accident/FELA attorney, I am disturbed by the circumstances of this terrible crash. Clearly somebody was to blame, leading to the distinct prospect of wrongful death cases being brought against Union Pacific.
These cases, by their nature, are often big money cases. In a recent article on the Virginia railroad accident/FELA lawyer site, I explained how railroad companies fight lawsuits tooth and nail and a large proportion of these cases go all the way to the courtroom.
In the case of the Oklahoma crash, the United Transportation Union identified the dead as conductor Brian L. Stone, 50, of Dalhart, Texas; and engineers Dan Hall and John Hall.
My thoughts are with their families. See our frequently asked questions about railroad worker accidents.
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