On June 17, 2009 in Alabama, a tractor-trailer hit a train, demolishing the truck’s front end. The northbound train was traveling at about 45 mph when the truck collided with it. The truck accident spilled about 500 gallons of diesel fuel onto the backyard of a local resident.
According to police reports, the 63-year-old truck driver wasn’t paying attention and didn’t see the train when he reached the tracks. He was airlifted to a local hospital with head injuries.
This accident occurred on a private road, and authorities want to warn farmers and other local drivers that even though trains can be slow moving, they are huge machines that can cause serious damage. This 18-wheeler accident could have been much worse if the truck driver had been a few feet further across the tracks when it occurred.
Train accidents and truck accidents can have many causes, such as mechanical failures and trucker fatigue. At the moment, it does not look as if either of these caused this accident.
If you or someone else in your family has been injured or suffered a wrongful death from a tractor-trailer accident or train accident in Mobile, Alabama, you could recover compensation.
Please contact one of the experienced truck accident attorneys at Long & Long in Mobile, Alabama to schedule your case evaluation.