In highly populated areas, trains can be a very effective and convenient mode of transportation. However, trains can also pose risks to individuals who may be walking near or on train tracks. If a person does not know that a train is approaching or the train is not able to stop in time, an individual could quickly become a victim of a train accident.
A similar situation recently took place in Illinois and resulted in the death of a woman. Reports stated that the incident took place at approximately 7:30 a.m. It is unclear what factors may have caused the accident, but it was reported that the victim was a 34-year-old woman and that she did suffer fatal injuries.
The victim was pronounced dead just before 8 a.m., and train schedules were affected by the accident. However, after some time, trains were allowed to travel near the accident site. Authorities should continue to investigate this fatal event to determine who may have been at fault and what may have contributed to the accident taking place.
Learning that a loved one was a victim of a train accident can be very heartbreaking. The family of the woman who was killed will likely hope to gain some answers as authorities work the case. If it is found that the train driver or other parties could be held liable for the fatal event, the family may wish to find out more about their legal options. A wrongful death claim could potentially let them pursue compensation in Illinois against the responsible party or parties.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Person struck and killed by Metra train near Arlington Park“, Rosemary Regina Sobol, May 28, 2014