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Woman Killed in Norman, Oklahoma Train Accident

Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 1:18 pm    

Train Accident in Norman

An Amtrak train heading northbound collided with a vehicle in Norman, Oklahoma, killing the driver.

Female Victim Not Identified Yet

The female driver was the only occupant of the vehicle which headed west at the time of the incident.

Investigators Responded to the Scene and Checked the Train

Gary Stoner of Oklahoma City was one of the passengers on the train which was on its final stop from Fort Worth TX. “There was a quick stop and the train smelled of some kind of smoke, which was probably the brakes being applied,” he said.

Stoner said that the train personnel told passengers they had hit a vehicle. There were responders on the scene after the train was taken to a safer location nearby.  Stoner and the other passengers waited for two hours while the collision site and train were checked by investigators.

Amtrak passenger railroad service

Statement from Amtrak

The passenger railroad service released a statement saying that “There were no reported injuries to the 40 passengers and crew members on board. The Amtrak Police cooperated with Norman Police Department to investigate the incident.”

“Amtrak Heartland Flyer train 822 was on its way from Fort Worth, Texas to Oklahoma City at approx. 9:01 p.m. CT on Friday, January 18, when it came into contact with an occupied vehicle obstructing the tracks at mp 405.3 at a crossing in Norman, Oklahoma.”

A Brief Look at Train Incidents in the United States

A person or a vehicle is hit nearly 2 hours by a train, according to the National Transportation Safety Bureau rail reports.

Some common rail incidents include:

  • Train to train collisions
  • Train to person collisions
  • Train to car collisions
  • Derailment
  • Property damage

Fatality in Numbers

The US Department of Transportation report indicates that there are about over 5,000 train-car accidents each year. These incidents cause 600 deaths and injuries and more than half of all train fatalities occur at crossings that do not implement safety precautions. Or in this case, there are no safety devices that alert or warn motorists.

Nearly 1,000 individuals are killed in train-related accidents each year, and U.S. rail accident statistics estimate that almost every two weeks a train derailment leads to major catastrophes such as a chemical spill or explosion.

Train Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a train accident or you’ve lost a loved one in a train-related incident, Williams Kherkher can help you get justice compensation for your family. Visit us today to discuss your case with our train accident attorneys or call us for a free consultation today by dialing (713) 230-2200.

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