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Another Train Crash on Old Iowa Park Road

Strangely, for the second time in two weeks, a car has been struck by a train at the railroad crossing on Old Iowa Park Road and FM 369. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the incident happened at about 9:00 on Thursday morning.

Thankfully, the driver was able to escape with what are being described as minor injuries. His car was struck by a Burlington-Northern Santa Fe train. The driver, 89-year-old Bobby Metcalf from Iowa Park, was driving through the crossing when the arm came down on top of his automobile.

The train, which was hauling semi trailers, struck the front of his car. He was taken to United Regional Hospital, and his condition was listed as good.

Like the previous incident, the train was equipped with video recording equipment, so officials are likely reviewing that footage to see what happened. Additionally, railroad officials say that no crew members were injured in the collision.

Fatal Train Crash at Old Iowa Park Road and FM 369

Two weeks ago, we reported on the fatal train crash at the very same railroad crossing on Old Iowa Park Road. This crash took the life of a 91-year-old Holliday resident. Her car was stuck between two crossing gates when it was hit. The train involved was also from Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railway.

There’s no word on the investigative updates in this case, but now that there has been a second collision at the same railroad crossing, investigators are likely taking a much closer look.

Hopefully, safety officials will be able to determine what’s going on at this railway crossing. Each train was equipped with video recording devices, so hopefully, that footage can shed light on these dangerous wrecks.

Ensuring Railroad Crossing Safety for Texas Drivers

As we discussed in our report on the previous railway crash, there are more railroad-vehicle intersections in Texas than in any other state, and Texas accounts for almost 10 percent of all railroad crossing accidents that happen across the country. Now that two train-versus-car collisions have happened at the same intersection in Wichita Falls, just two weeks apart, something needs to be done.

In addition to reviewing camera footage, investigators need to take a comprehensive look at how the signals and crossing arms are working at this particular stop. If those crossing arms or lights are malfunctioning, they need to be addressed immediately. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes Mr. Metcalf a full and speedy recovery.

 

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Deadly Train Crash on FM 369

Last Friday afternoon, a fatal train-versus-car wreck happened on FM 369. The incident, which happened near Old Iowa Park Road, took the life of a 91-year-old Holliday resident. Apparently, Helen Havins’ car was stuck between two crossing gates.

Although the wreck is still under investigation, it appears as though she tried to move her vehicle forwards and in reverse prior to the collision. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the train struck her car with such force that the trunk flew over 100 feet from the scene. Officials with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway said that the crossing arms, lights and bells were in working order at the time of the wreck.

Ongoing Investigation

The train’s engine did have video recording equipment, so Burlington Northern and local law enforcement officials will be reviewing the footage to determine if this tragic wreck could have been prevented. Trooper Tony Fulton was quick to point out that trains are large and heavy, and they can’t stop on a dime.

Very few details have been released about how Havins ended up between the two crossing arms, and this collision is still under investigation with both the railway company and local authorities.

Railroad Crashes in Texas and Oklahoma

Texas has more railroad-vehicle intersections than any other state. In the three years prior to 2012, there were 822 railroad-crossing incidents, and Texas accounted for almost 10 percent of all railroad crossing accidents across the country.

In March, we reported on an incident that took the life of a pedestrian in Oklahoma. The victim, 58-year-old James Littleton, was struck and killed by a Union Pacific Train. Very few details were released about the crash which took the life of a Tushka, Oklahoma man.

In 2012, a train crash in Midland, Texas took four lives, when a tractor trailer carrying veterans and their families was struck during a parade.

After a Crash Involving a Train

Any time a pedestrian or passenger vehicle occupant gets killed by a train, an in-depth investigation needs to be conducted. It’s absolutely critical to determine the exact causes of train crashes, so that potentially similar incidents can be prevented in the future. It’s also necessary to determine if negligence played a part in the crash or if crossing safety equipment malfunctioned.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Helen Havins.

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