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Train Strikes and Kills Woman in Tragic Tennessee Crash


January 19, 2020

MURFREESBORO, TN- Wsmv.com writes that a train struck a pedestrian in Murfreesboro at Old Salem Highway. Police identified the victim as a 38-year-old woman.*

The incident occurred late in the evening near a train crossing. Police are saying that the victim walked in front of the train. 

Staying safe around trains means never entering the tracks when a train is approaching. Many accidents occur because people believe that they can get across before the train. However, massive locomotives are moving faster and are closer than they may appear. Another problem is that once a train passes, another train could be approaching from the opposite direction, and individuals waiting to cross may fail to hear or see the second train because of the first. 

It is vital for those walking or driving near train tracks to remember that because they are so huge and heavy, trains cannot stop quickly. If a person enters the tracks in front of a train, no one on the train can react in time to stop the collision from occurring. 

Across the country, hundreds of people die in train accidents every year. Unfortunately, many incidents are intentional suicides. Suicides make it more difficult to safeguard train tracks. In Florida, where train crashes are more common than anywhere else in the country, executives are planning safety initiatives focused not only on preventing accidents but also on suicide prevention. The proposed plans include drones and surveillance that will help alert the authorities when someone is trespassing on the tracks or in a restricted area. 

Train safety efforts are all the more important as faster high-speed trains lines are beginning to be installed across the country. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.wsmv.com/news/police-id-woman-struck-and-killed-by-train/article_c6598c12-362e-11ea-bcaf-d30582abc446.html and https://oli.org/safety-near-trains/track-safety-basics and https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2019/12/04/550293.htm

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