A train accident in Santa Cruz County, California injured eight passengers on Monday. The accident happened at around 12:10 p.m. when a train’s throttle became stuck resulting in the crash. A train with the Roaring Camp Railroads was transporting passengers to Bear Mountain and as the conductor attempted to reverse the trains direction, the throttle became stuck and the train crashed into a hillside at the end of the train tracks. Of the 50 passengers onboard, eight individuals suffered injuries. Four of the victims were treated at the scene and the other four were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Authorities believe their injuries are non-life threatening, but their current conditions are unknown. The accident remains under investigation.
On average, there are approximately 3,000 train accidents that result in injuries and fatalities annually. While it may not appear that train accidents occur frequently, in reality, there is a train accident every two hours in the United States. Many train accidents involve collisions with pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles. These collisions typically occur at railroad crossings that lack the appropriate protection, such as warning signals and devices. All victims of train accidents have the right to seek legal guidance to determine if they have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death case.
If you have been injured in a train accident, contacting the experienced St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth is important to receive a full investigation to determine liability. We have handled thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases and will work diligently to obtain the compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish. Contact us to receive a free consultation from an experienced accident attorney.