A freight train accident claimed a man’s life in Oceanside recently, according to a news report from NBC San Diego. According to investigators, the man was walking on or near the train crossing at Mission Avenue when the freight train, operated by BSNF, struck him.
At least one eyewitness was present at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m. He reported that it looked like the man was trying to cross the train tracks as the train approached. The witness described the train’s whistle blowing and the train braking, but it was unable to stop before the collision occurred.
Rescue workers rushed to the scene, but they were unable to save the life of the man struck by the freight train. A second person, who appeared to be accompanying the accident victim, was examined by rescue workers, but no report has been released on whether this person was injured.
Railroad accidents in the United States are tracked by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The FRA’s statistics show that, while collisions between trains and pedestrians are rare, they are almost always fatal. For instance, in 2012 the FRA recorded 89 total deaths in railroad accidents in California, including 61 deaths suffered by pedestrians on the railroad and 28 deaths suffered by railroad workers.
Our practiced San Diego train accident wrongful death attorneys understand how devastating the untimely loss of a loved one can be. That’s why we’re committed to helping you get the compensation you and your family need after an injury or loss. To learn more about your legal rights and how we can help, contact us today.