Authorities are investigating a train accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian on Wednesday. Emergency crews were called to the area of North Boulevard and Lafayette Street in Slidell, Louisiana around 7 a.m. Investigators believe that the male pedestrian was walking along the railroad tracks when he was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train. The Federal Railroad Administration and the Slidell Police Department are investigating the fatal collision.
Train accidents are devastating due to their size, and rate of speed in which they travel. A collision with a train and motor vehicle or pedestrian is often severe and results in serious injuries and death. There are several causes of railroad accidents including conductor errors, mechanical defects, negligence of the operator, and lack of appropriate warning devices and signals to notify drivers and pedestrians of an oncoming train. The likelihood of surviving a train accident is slim and families of victims should consult a legal expert to determine their rights at recovering compensation for their damages and obtaining justice.
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