Seattle man killed by Link light-rail train

Story Highlights:
One dead after Seattle light-rail train accident
Pedestrian vs. Train collision cause unknown

Date: January 6, 2011, 01/06/2011
Location: Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Pedestrian accident, Train accident, Wrongful death
Outcome: One dead

On Thursday afternoon near South Holgate Street and Fifth Avenue South a man was struck by a Link light-rail train.

The 49-year-old man was crossing at the intersection despite the fact that the gates were down and the warning lights were flashing, a Sound Transit spokesman reported.

The light-rail operator tried to apply the brakes but was unable to stop in time He was thrown or dragged 30-40 feet and was unresponsive when paramedics arrived. They transported him to Harborview Medical Center where he later died. The operator was tested for alcohol/drug intoxication but the results were negetive.

Authorities are still investigating the reason why the man walked into the intersection despite the obvious warnings. The Light-rail service was delayed for two hours after the accident and ran on only one track.

Train Accident Statistics for 2009

Despite warning signals, railroad crossings were the site of fatal car-train crashes 1,896 times in 2009, according to the report. These accidents caused 705 injures and 247 deaths. In addition, 431 people died and 343 were injured while trespassing on railroad property, both on the tracks themselves and on railroad property surrounding train yards and other railroad equipment.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of the man that was lost in this tragic accident and hope they can find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.

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