Two men were sent to the hospital after a truck slammed into a stopped train early Friday morning near Reardan. The incident occurred in the 700 block of North Coulee Hite Road, located in West Spokane County.
The Ford F-250 pickup truck pulling a boat hit the train, which was stopped across the road while connecting additional railroad cars. Authorities say dense fog and slick roads could have played a factor in the crash.
The two men in the truck sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. KREM reports that both men were conscious and talking at the scene. One has severe back injuries, while the other sustained neck, head and leg injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Authorities believe speed was a factor in the crash. They say the truck couldn’t stop in time.
Vehicle Into Stopped Train Accidents
While moving trains present the most obvious danger to drivers, stopped or parked trains can also be dangerous. Serious injuries and fatalities occur all too often when lights and warning signs on railway cars are not working or are not active. Lights and gates must be not only installed at railroad crossings, but obviously must be working to avoid serious injuries and deaths.
If you or a loved one has been the victim in a railway related accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Davis Law Group, P.S., led by founding attorney Chris Davis, have the knowledge and resources to fight for their clients.
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