Contractors Injured When Train Hits Truck in Chesapeake

Contractors were hurt by a train in Chesapeake

The overturned service vehicle (Chesapeake Fire Department)

I was concerned to read about an incident this morning in Chesapeake when two people in a truck were hospitalized after being hit by a train just off George Washington Memorial Highway.

Chesapeake police said the accident took place at 8:20 a.m. Crews arrived on scene within 10 minutes, fire department officials stated. The wreck occurred in the 3000 block of Yadkin Road.

A report on WAVY.com stated a truck from Elite Contracting was attempting to cross the tracks at Yadkin Road, when it was struck by the train’s engine car. The train was reported to be a Norfolk-Southern service.

Images from the scene showed a truck flipped over on its side on the tracks, reported WAVY.

The media reports stated both the driver and the passenger in the truck were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Their injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening.

Officials said 20 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out of the truck onto the tracks as a result of the accident. The train sustained significant damage.

When trains and service vehicles collide, the consequences can often be very serious for people working on the tracks.

Last April, an Amtrak train hit a backhoe with two workers on board near Philadelphia. The crash killed the two workers and injured about 30 people on the fast-moving train, reported the New York Times.

The investigation into that incident is still ongoing. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal stated the two workers and the engineer on the train had drugs in their system at the time of the crash.

Contractors and other railroad workers face considerable dangers when working on the railroads. Often railroads are not maintained as well as they should be with loose ballast, debris and ties not properly cut down. A failure to maintain vegetation can also place those who work on the railroads in danger.

Poor visibility is often an issue on railroad crossings and members of the public can be subjected to danger if bushes and other vegetation blocks visibility.

Railroad companies can be held liable for issues at grade crossings and maintenance failures elsewhere on the lines.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the railroad, please call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper

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