Police Investigate CSX Train Accident that Left One Pedestrian Dead
BRADFORD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As reported online by www.actionnewsjax.com, police are investigating an accident involving a CSX train and a pedestrian whose injuries were fatal.*
According to local police, a man was struck and killed by a CSX train heading for Miami. The man was hit by the train near the CR 125 crossing in Lawtey. The accident is still under investigation, and the police have not released any details as to the cause of the accident or any contributing factors.
Common Causes of Train Accidents
Train accidents are often catastrophic and deadly, and any person would be lucky to survive being struck by a train. Despite railroad crossing signals, far too many train accidents happen that result in fatal injuries. Understanding the common causes of train accidents should help individuals take precautionary steps to avoid being the victim of a tragic accident. Such causes of train accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Inattention by either a train conductor/engineer, a driver, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist (i.e., texting or talking on the phone while attempting to cross train tracks or operating a train through an intersection);
- Malfunctioning train signals (i.e., if flashing lights at a train crossing do not work, failing to let anyone crossing the tracks know that a train is approaching);
- Train derailment;
- Attempts by drivers to beat a train, ignoring all notifications that a train is approaching; and
- Poor train maintenance that may affect the train’s ability to slow down or stop.
Many train accidents are preventable, and individuals (including train conductors/engineers) can take extra steps to reduce the chances a person will be injured or killed in a train accident.
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