July 19th, 2011|
July 19, 2011
A 46-year-old man from Prichard, Alabama, was injured on Saturday, July 16, when his car was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi.
According to The Sun Herald, the crash occurred at Rodenberg Avenue around 10:15 a.m. when the man attempted to drive his car south over the railroad tracks. An eastbound CSX train collided with the man’s car, which threw him from his vehicle. The man was reportedly alert after the crash. There were no passengers inside the car.
Police Seargant Bennie Hickman told The Sun Herald that the crossing had operational lights and bells but that there was no arm.
“He had serious lacerations to his head, but he was alert and talking when we got there,” Hickman told The Mississippi Press. “He was unable to answer intelligent questions … so we reported the accident as him failing to yield to the train.”
The day of the accident the man was listed in serious but stable condition at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.
A CSX spokesman said that the train was headed from New Orleans to Atlanta.
“When it comes to train tracks, the train always has the right of way,” said Hickman.
Do you think lights and bells are enough to alert drivers to a passing train? Should every crossing also be outfitted with an automated arm?
If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.