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Train Collides with Truck in Fatal Crash in Summerville, South Carolina

October 14, 2019

SUMMERVILLE, SC- writes that a crash involving a train and a truck left one person dead in Summerville earlier this week. The accident occurred at U.S. Highway 78, close to Deming Way. The road was closed for a couple of hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.*

The truck was a 2020 Freightliner, which was reportedly attempting to cross the railroad tracks when it was struck by an oncoming train. The train struck the driver's side of the truck. The driver was transported to the Trident Medical Center when he died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.  

Every year, hundreds of people die in crashes involving trains. A vehicle occupant involved in a crash with a train has a risk of death that is 20 times as high as the risk of dying in a collision with another motor vehicle. Trains are so massive that a collision between a train and a car has been compared to a passenger vehicle striking an aluminum can. It is essential for drivers to realize that trains are not capable of stopping quickly. Avoiding a collision with a train means avoiding its path and not crossing if the train is anywhere close to the intersection. Trying to beat a train is never worth it. It is also important to remember that people often underestimate the speed of large vehicles such as trains. They are often moving much faster than a driver may realize.

According to Operation Lifesaver, an organization devoted to railway safety, if you are in a vehicle that stalls on the tracks, exit the vehicle, even if you do not see a train approaching. And always expect that a train could be approaching, regardless of the time of day. 

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