Pedestrian Hit and Killed by Freight Train in Boynton Beach

Jan 22, 2014 Posted by in Train Accident

A man was stuck by a freight train on Woolbright Road just west of Federal Highway as reported by Boynton Beach Police. The pedestrian was reported to be lying on the FEC railroad tracks when a southbound train in Boynton Beach hit him. Following the accident, traffic was shut down from Ocean Ave at Woolbright Road to Seacrest Boulevard, causing major backups for commuters.

According to the Florida East Coast Railway spokesperson, the freight train was heading for Miami, carrying merchandise and autos in containers. Investigators said the pedestrian’s death appears to be a suicide.

Railroad Accidents

According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), there are approximately 3,000 train accidents in the United States each year and nearly 1,000 people are killed in such accidents. The common causes of train and railroad accidents include obstruction of the railway, electrical or mechanical failures, maintenance failures, problems with the track or roadbed, and human errors.

Train disasters may involve freight trains, trolleys, subways, skyways, passenger trains, and all other train systems. Because of the train’s size and force, train mishaps can have catastrophic or fatal results. Pedestrian injuries sustained in a railroad accident are almost always far more severe than the injuries sustained in roadway accidents.

Determining which party was responsible for a train accident can be difficult. In most cases, injured individuals have obvious claims against the railway owner or train operator. However, if the mishap was due to a defective part of a train or a railway, injured victims or their legitimate family members may pursue a compensation claim against the manufacturer, installer, or seller of the defective part. These parties can contribute to any settlement or judgment, but identifying them needs thorough investigation.

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