It was recently reported that an accident in Illinois between a train and a passenger car resulted in one individual losing his life. Apparently, the driver of the car was approaching an unguarded railroad crossing close to 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. The vehicle was traveling west when it struck the front of the train. Authorities are attempting to determine whether the weather conditions may have played a role in the crash.
The incident resulted in the driver of the car suffering serious injuries. He was transported from the scene, but he succumbed to his injuries. He was declared dead at an area hospital shortly after the accident. The county coroner expressed his condolences, saying that the victim — a local man — was well known in the community and would be missed.
The accident was still under investigation at the time of the report. It was noted that there were no warning lights or gates at the railroad crossing where the incident occurred. Reportedly, there are warning signs indicating the presence of the crossing as well as yield signs. It was mentioned that there is a group of homes near the crossing and that the victim lived in one of those homes.
The family of the victim is undoubtedly grief-stricken over the sudden loss of their loved one. Because the Illinois incident took place at an unguarded railroad crossing, the family may wish to assess whether that information could have played a role in the incident. If they feel it could be right for them, they may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for the incident in order to seek financial relief for their loss.
Source: daily-journal.com, “Milford man killed in train-car crash“, Jeff Bonty, Nov. 18, 2015