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Man injured by tractor-trailer at railroad crossing

When approaching a railroad track, most drivers simply proceed forward if the crossing gates are not down or the lights are not flashing. Because of their size, large vehicles, like school buses or tractor-trailers, generally stop before crossing to ensure that a train is not approaching from further down the tracks, prior to the point when the gates and/or lights are activated. It is important for large vehicles to take this precaution in order to avoid a railroad crossing accident.

Unfortunately, earlier this month, a tractor-trailer driver in Maplewood wasn't able to avoid a collision with an oncoming train and a man waiting in his pickup truck at the crossing gates was injured. At around 7:00 a.m., a semi truck became stuck on the tracks as the driver was attempting to maneuver what was described as a "sharp" turn onto Sutton Boulevard and then immediately onto Railroad Street.

The semi-truck driver desperately tried to free the trailer from the tracks, but was unsuccessful. The oncoming train struck the back of the tractor-trailer, causing the tractor to collide with the pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries. No one else was injured from the incident.

It is unknown if the driver of the tractor-trailer will receive any citations from the accident. Results from the investigation of the incident are still pending.

Injuries sustained in any type of motor vehicle accident can have permanent and life changing implications. Victims may end up being burdened with mounting medical bills, the cost of replacing their vehicle and even lost wages. An attorney with experience in personal injuries will be able to provide guidance and viable legal options during a time when recovery should be the main focus.

Source: stltoday.com, "Man injured after train hits tractor-trailer stuck on tracks in Maplewood," Kim Bell, Aug. 1 2011

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