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69-year-old man injured in Racine train accident

At first glance, many train accidents that involve motor vehicles can appear to be the result of the vehicle not properly yielding to the train. However, despite the fact that many of these accidents occur at designated railroad crossings, the cause of the accident may not be as clear-cut as people may initially think. Only by taking a complete look at the circumstances surrounding the accident can the cause be truly understood.

In a recent case, a man has suffered serious injuries as a result of his pickup truck colliding with a train. Police say that the 69-year-old man was struck by the train at a designated crossing that had a crossbuck sign. Police have alleged that the man failed to yield for the train at the crossing.

The man was airlifted to an area hospital where he remains currently. His current condition has not been released at this time. Meanwhile, it was not reported whether any occupants on the train were injured.

Although Missouri police have alleged that the man may be to blame for this train accident, this impression may not remain accurate upon further investigation. Looking at exactly what warnings a motorist has at the railroad crossing and comparing them to other designated railroad crossings across the state, as well as state railroad crossing regulations, may reveal evidence that shows that the man was not properly warned. In such cases, circumstances could lead to a personal injury action being filed by an injured victim, which could result in that person being compensated for the damages suffered.

Source: Hannibal.net, "Train hits truck; one person hurt," Nov. 12, 2012

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