Emergency crews responded May 2 in Plant City FL when an Amtrak passenger train slammed into a tractor trailer.
The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the Amtrak train and big rig crashed at US 92 and Wilder Road in Plant City.
Early information stated that the truck was delivering its load to a car business in the area and was turning into the driveway, but the trailer was over the tracks. The Amtrak train smashed into the center of the trailer and sliced it in half.
The truck driver was not hurt but there were several train passengers injured.
Our Virginia truck and train crash attorneys are glad that there were no serious injuries in this truck/train crash. Although we do not know for certain what led to this crash, the early report sounds as if the tractor trailer driver may have been negligent in allowing his trailer to extend over the railroad tracks with a train approaching.
Every CDL manual in the US, including ours in Virginia, stresses the importance of the truck driver always knowing what is going on around his vehicle. It is definitely negligent behavior to have the rig’s trailer extended over active railroad tracks.If the big rig “hung up” on the crossing due to its configuration, then other liability issues come into play.
Anyone who suffered injuries on the train in this collision could receive compensation in a personal injury lawsuit, given that the truck driver may have been negligent. Crashes at railroad crossings and on railroad tracks are often complicated and involve several different companies in many cases. A good personal injury attorney fighting for you can be very helpful in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Our truck accident attorneys in Virginia have handled a number of railroad crossing accidents over the years that have led to large settlements.
We hope that the passengers who were hurt in this crash are able to find experienced railroad crossing and truck injury attorneys who can get them proper compensation for their injuries.