An Amtrak passenger train collided with an 18-wheeler around 4 p.m. Friday in Dayton, Texas, splitting the 18-wheeler in half. As a result of the accident, 19 people suffered injuries according to authority officials. The 70 passengers aboard the New Orleans-bound Amtrak train remained in the scene nearly three hours after the collision. The train departed from Los Angeles and was scheduled to stop next at Beaumont.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that passengers suffered injuries to the head when the train hit the breaks during the accident. The driver of the 18-wheeler also suffered injuries according to DPS. The people injured were transported to the Dayton Regional Medical Center.
What Caused The Train Accident?
According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the collision caused two front wheels to come off the tracks. Amtrak also said that the lead locomotive had some minor wheel damage that could have caused the derailment. Neighbors reported that they didn’t hear a train horn before the crash, and there are no lights or arms at the crossing where the collision took place. By 7:45 p.m. on Friday, the train was on the move, and it was headed to Houston instead of New Orleans. According to the Department of Public Safety, the actual cause of the accident remains unknown and is still under investigation.
Details About Amtrak Trains
Amtrak trains are the nation’s only high-speed intercity passenger rail provider that operates at speeds up to 150 mph. More than half of Amtrak trains operate at top speeds of 100 mph or more. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), train accidents are more common than we think. The FRA reported that between January and December 2011, there were almost 2,000 train accidents that occurred nationwide. Of these, 155 involved straight collisions, while 1,442 involved derailments.
The train accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin will closely watch this story as authorities reveal more details about the cause of this accident.