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Train accident claims life of Missouri woman

A train accident in Lee's Summit, Missouri, has claimed the life of a single victim. In March, police responded to an emergency 911 call reporting a crash in the area. When the officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a fatal accident that involved a sedan and a freight train.

The female driver of the sedan was found dead in her vehicle from injuries sustained in the train accident. She was 20 years old. Police found no passengers in the car.

Police reports indicate that the driver had been traveling southbound when she attempted to cross the railroad tracks. A freight train, also heading south, collided with the car. Reports indicate that the tracks had been properly marked at the time of the train accident.

Members of the Lee's Summit Police Department and the Union Pacific Railroad Police have launched an investigation into the collision. Lee's Summit police officials have confirmed that the primary purpose of the investigation will be to rule out any potential problems with the crossing arms located at the scene of the crash. Investigators will also attempt to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the fatal accident.

This tragic accident illustrates the serious nature of a train accident. Trains are large, fast-moving vehicles that are unable to make quick stops. Because of this, a train accident can cause serious injuries or even death, as in this case. It is not uncommon for train accidents to be caused by some form of negligence or misconduct by the train company. If train regulations were violated in an accident, there may be ways to obtain compensation for injuries or death.

Source: NBC Action News, "Woman dead after train collides with car in Lee's Summit," Sam Hartle, 17 March 2011

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