A 23-year-old man was seriously injured in Bates City, MO while attempting to drive his vehicle across a railroad grade crossing. He was transported by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for treatment, no update on his status has been provided.
This accident caught our attention due to the possibility of a lack of warning signals of an approaching train at the grade crossing. The crash report provided online by the Missouri State Highway Patrol states “THE SIGNAL DEVICES USED BY THE TRAIN WERE A CROSSBUCK WITH A STOP SIGN, A HORN, AND A BELL.”. It indicates the railroad grade crossing was equipped with a crossbuck and stop sign, but no mention of flashing lights or gates. This particular grade crossing may be hazardous having no visual indications a train is approaching, especially for someone who may be hearing impaired. Railroad crossing accidents may be more preventable by giving people additional warning indicators like flashing lights and gates.
This is another reminder to always be aware when approaching a railroad grade crossing and be sure that a train is not approaching before crossing.
Railroad Injury Lawyers | Railroad Grade Crossing Dangers
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