When trains derail railroad workers are on the front line. Tragically, three railroad employees lost their lives in a recent crash in Texas when BNSF trains collided.
Four BNSF employees were involved in the fiery crash between two trains near Panhandle in Texas in late June, ABC News reported. It was the latest in a series of wrecks that has claimed the lives of railroad workers across the United States.
Later Houston Public Media reported that one of the trains had failed to heed a stop signal before the BNSF trains collided.
Three of the four crew members who were involved in the wreck died. A fourth was injured but his injuries were not life-threatening.
A subsequent report by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that the eastbound BNSF railway train failed to slow down when it encountered a yellow warning signal on June 28. It then went through a red signal before hitting an oncoming BNSF train.
The force of the collision when the BNSF trains collided caused one of the trains to derail. BNSF said in a statement it has been actively deploying positive train control (PTC) across its network and the Texas accident was the kind of incident that technology was developed to prevent.
When trains collide or derail, workers are often injured or even killed. Earlier this year, two Amtrak workers died when a train hit equipment they were working on in Pennsylvania.
Lawsuits have subsequently been brought after the wreck. I have also detailed how positive train control has been repeatedly delayed as the big railroad companies have claimed they are not ready for it.
Congress decided to implement PTC after one of the nation’s worst train accidents in 2008, when a Metrolink commuter train crashed into a freight train near Los Angeles in California, leaving 25 people dead and injuring more than 100.
Both passengers and railroad workers alike would benefit from PTC. If you are a worker who is hurt on the railroad due to negligence you have the right to sue a railroad operator under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Please call me for a free and confidential consultation today at (866) 455-6657.