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CA Amtrak Train Derailment Involving Big Rig Causes Injuries South of Hanford

By Kelly Balamuth on October 2, 2012

A big rig driver caused the derailment of southbound Amtrak train 712 out of Oakland headed towards Bakersfield on Monday, October 1, 2012 when the truck driver failed to yield and plowed into the passenger train, according to MercuryNews.com. The impact caused the train to travel about 600 feet after the crash before it hit a switchback and derailed. Two passenger cars and the locomotive were pushed off the tracks.

The crash occurred around 12:20 p.m. about 20 miles south of the farming town of Hanford in the Central Valley at a railroad crossing on the BNSF Railway freight tracks at Kansas Avenue. According to the Fresno Bee, witnesses told investigators that the crossing arms were in fact lowered at the guarded crossing when the big rig barreled through.

After the Kings County train crash, passengers were evacuated onto a nearby alfalfa field where paramedics treated the injured before transporting them to area hospitals as necessary. Out of the 169 passengers aboard the train, between 40 and 50 suffered injuries, including bumps, bruises, scrapes, and some possible bone fractures, according to an update on USAToday.com. It was also reported that a baby had been thrown from the train, but fortunately did not suffer serious injury. The uninjured passengers were transported to the Hanford Civic Auditorium by school buses to await pick up by either family or buses to continue to their destinations.

When the negligence of another causes an injury accident, the negligent party may be held responsible through a personal injury claim. In this train accident, the truck driver’s failure to yield, as reported, constitutes negligence and may warrant legal action. At Balamuth Law, our knowledgeable Oakland truck accident attorneys are committed to holding negligent truck drivers accountable for their actions. To learn more about how you may get the compensation you deserve, call us for a free consultation at (888) 254-1234.

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