Train Derailment after Crash with 18-Wheeler in Montgomery County, Texas

by | Feb 15, 2023 | Auto Accident, Train Accident, Wrongful Death

There was a crash between an 18-wheeler and a Union Pacific cargo train near Splendora, Texas on February 13, 2023.  Reports indicate a Union Pacific train struck a tractor trailer that was crossing over the train tracks that run along Interstate 69/U.S. 59.  After the collision, at least 21 cars from the train derailed.  Hazardous materials teams went to the crash site to monitor the situation.  There are no crossing arms at the intersection where the incident occurred.  The driver of the 18-wheeler was killed in the crash.  The crash remains under investigation.

Tragically, there have been a number of recent accidents involving trains.  An Amtrak train struck a pedestrian in Benson, North Carolina on December 12, 2022.  A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train struck a semi truck in Beaumont, Texas on January 4, 2023.  A train struck a pedestrian in Livingston, Texas on January 12, 2023.  A train crashed into a semi truck in Lafayette, Louisiana on January 16, 2023.  A Union Pacific train struck a tractor trailer that was transporting a backhoe on Highway 59 in Woodlawn, Texas on January 17, 2023.

Safe train operators must take adequate precautions to ensure that their conductors do not severely injure or kill members of the public in a train accident.  Industry standards require train companies to provide adequate training to their conductors and engineers.  Safe companies must also supervise their conductor to ensure that the company’s policies and procedures have been followed, as well as all applicable federal guidelines.  Failing to properly train or audit a conductor the company allows to operate a train can have tragic consequences.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, and New York.  We have previously handled multiple cases involving train accidents.  Our attorneys have the experience and the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in an accident involving a train or commercial vehicle.  The experienced accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving a train. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.