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Train accident in St. Louis injures 2

One of the most frightening thoughts any of us might have is to be helplessly stuck on train tracks as a locomotive charges toward us with no more than a few moments to rush to safety. A train accident is often treacherous, whether it occurs in Missouri or anyplace else, if for no other reason than the difference in size between the train and virtually any other vehicle with which it may collide. At times, obstructed views, poorly marked railroad crossings and even a train speeding on the tracks may explain the wreck that occurs. When that other vehicle is a car, the consequences are often disastrous. Unfortunately, two people ended up in a similar situation in St. Louis on April 24.

The accident occurred in the early morning before the onslaught of the morning commute. While details of the incidents are not completely clear, it appears that a car crashed through a fence and ended up on the Metrolink train tracks. The train was unable to stop in time and collided with the vehicle, seriously injuring the driver and a passenger, described as a man and a woman in their 20s. There was no initial indication as to what caused the car to crash through the fence. The passengers on the Metrolink train apparently escaped injury.

Train accidents, by their nature, are potentially very damaging, and this one seems no different. While the morning commute in St. Louis was said to have been largely unaffected by the collision, two lives hang in the balance. The police investigation will likely focus on the actions of the car driver in the moments before the collision in order to understand how the vehicle ended up in the position that it did, while also determining if train speeding or other possible negligence on the part of the Metrolink conductor played any role in the collision. In the meantime, hopefully the two injured individuals will experience a quick recovery.

Source: ksdk.com, "2 seriously injured when MetroLink train hits car," Jennifer Feldman, April 24, 2012

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