Fort Lauderdale, Florida Train Accident Kills Two, Critically Injures Another

November 23, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on November 23, 2009 11:20 AM | | Comments (0)

A South Florida Tri-Rail train crashed into a car on Thursday at the Commercial Boulevard crossing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The crossing is located between Commercial Boulevard's extremely busy intersections with Powerline Road and Interstate 95.  According to reports, the car stopped on the tracks as the crossing arms lowered around the vehicle.   The driver attempted to reverse off the tracks, but was prevented by the crossing arms.  The driver then tried to pull forward out of the path of the train, but did so too late and was dragged some 60 feet after the train impacted the side of the vehicle.  Two people were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene, while a third occupant was taken a local hospital for treatment of the severe injuries sustained after the train accident.

Although the accident is still under investigation, reports claim that witnesses at the scene told investigators that warning lights were flashing at the time of the accident.  The Miami-Herald reported that traffic often backs up onto the tracks at the Commercial Boulevard crossing especially during rush hour.  According to the report, there have been seven accidents at this specific crossing which resulted in three deaths and two injuries since 1989 despite unsuccessful or unimplemented experimental safety measures including cameras to warn conductors of vehicles in the crossings.  Statewide in 2007, there were 90 accidents at rail-road crossings between trains and cars or pedestrians that resulted in 20 fatalities and 63 injuries in Florida according to the U.S. Department of Transportation State Transportation Statistics.

Gabriel Mejia, Esq. is a Coral Springs personal injury attorney handling accident and injury cases in Florida for Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A.

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