Tennessee train versus car accident leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

Any kind of accident can be devastating, causing serious injuries or worse. When a train versus car accident occurs, the end result is often deadly for the occupants of the car. A train recently struck a car in the Tennessee city of Harriman, and the collision left two young men dead and others injured.

The car was apparently approaching the tracks on a Friday night with four men inside. The train struck the car and dragged it for some time. Two men, ages 22 and 18, were killed in the crash. The two survivors, one of which was the car driver, were reportedly in critical condition.

A witness saw the scene unfold and called for help. That witness indicated that the train was blowing its whistle at the crossing. He said it appeared as if the car did not see the train coming. No criminal charges have been filed in the immediate aftermath of the wreck.

Whenever there are train crossings along the road, there are protocols for how those crossings must be marked to warn oncoming vehicles. Drivers must also be aware of the laws to avoid injuring themselves or passengers. As the investigation into this fatal Tennessee car accident continues, one possibility is that driver negligence was responsible for the tragedy. If a train hits a car because of an issue with a warning system or crossing warning failure, the victims or the family of the victim may have cause to file a civil suit against any party whose negligence is deemed to have materially contributed to the collision.

Source: wate.com, "Victims named following car colliding with train in Harriman Friday Night", Hayley Harmon, May 30, 2014

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