Thousands of Texans injured or killed at railroad crossings by trains
Dallas, TX (AmericanInjuryNews.com)–A recent report by the Texas Rail Relocation and Improvement Association http://www.railrelo.org/ was covered by the Associated Press (AP) last week. The report revealed Harris County, Texas ranks as the most dangerous county for railway accidents and deaths. Overall, the state of Texas ranks number one across the country for train-vehicle collisions and deaths at railroad crossings.
Over the past decade, in Harris County alone, there were 1,376 reported incidents including collisions, derailments, hazardous material releases and pedestrian trespassings. These train accidents killed 100 people and injured 1,100. The entire state has experienced 12,271 rail accidents involving 853 deaths and 7,203 injuries. Dallas County has had 356 accidents with 38 deaths and 231 injuries.
The Texas Rail Relocation and Improvement Association was formed in 2005 and put in place by Texas voters. It is a coalition of state, county and municipal elected officials, groups and concerned Texans advocating for moving and improving railroads across Texas. The group quotes Congress Ed Markey as saying, “Every day tank cars pass through our urban center carrying enough chlorine to kill or injure 100,000 people in half an hour.” Rail accidents and train crashes cause serious injury and deaths to rail workers and Texas consumers every year.
AmericanInjuryNews.com by Dallas Wrongful Death Lawyer Shelly T. Greco
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