Florida Railroad Worker Charged for Covering Up Role in 2016 Train Crash
WEST PALM BEACH, FL. – October 30, 2018 (startribune.com) As reported online by startribune.com, a Florida railroad worker has been charged for covering up his role in a 2016 train crash that seriously injured a 24-year-old woman.*
According to reports from police in West Balm Beach Florida, 52-year-old Alberto Perez was performing maintenance on a railroad crossing’s safety equipment in July 2016. The gates of the crossing were raised, and Perez was waving cars through. As one person drove over the railroad tracks, an Amtrak train struck her vehicle. The driver, a 24-year-old woman, suffered spinal and head injuries in the crash.
Officers who responded to the scene found Perez hiding in a shed. Perez reportedly told police that he was too emotional to talk after the crash. At a later time, investigators discovered a computer in the shed that had been damaged. The computer contained records regarding the crossing’s activity, and it was inoperable when found by police.
Perez has now been charged with evidence tampering. His lawyer could not be reached by reporters for comment. No additional information about the charges against Perez has been reported at this time.
Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people die in incidents involving railroad crossings or trespass on railroad property. As reported by an article from USA Today, railroad officials say little can be done when a car or person is on a set of railroad tracks. By the time a train operator is close enough to see a person or car on the tracks, the heavy locomotive cannot be stopped in time to avoid a collision. The operator can only blare the train’s horn as a warning.
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