Simple physics tells us that the larger and heavier a vehicle is, the more damage it will cause in a collision. That’s why, when a train and a car collide, the outcome usually isn’t favorable for the car or its occupants. A man in Moore, Oklahoma, defied odds Monday after his car was struck by a train at a railroad crossing.
News Channel 4 reports that the collision occurred around 11:00 AM at the track crossing near the intersection of Santa Fe and Main. According to the train’s conductor and other witnesses, the driver of the vehicle attempted to maneuver through the cross-arm barriers that had dropped as the train approached. The train smashed into the vehicle’s passenger side and wrapped the car around the front end of the train. The driver was transported to the local hospital in critical condition.
Moore Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Jeremy Lewis stated that once the crossing arms at a train intersection drop, all traffic must stop, for the safety of both those aboard the train and in the car. Because cross-arm barriers and lights at train intersections sometimes fail to work for numerous reasons, extra precaution should always be taken while driving through a track crossing. Drivers should roll down windows and listen as well as look for oncoming trains.
The Oklahoma Train Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage drivers to exercise caution at railroad track crossings. Contact them immediately if you have been injured in a collision with a train.