05/26/2010 // San Francisco, California, USA // Mary Alexander // Mary Alexander
Pinole, CA—In an addition to the mounting number of pedestrian-train fatalities recorded throughout the state of California, a man and his dog were struck and killed by an Amtrak locomotive Wednesday, May 12, 2010. The deadly collision occurred in Pinole, California near Pinole Shores Park. The accident comes only a few months after Amtrak and Union Pacific authorities launched a campaign to bring dangers associated with railway crossings and tracks to light, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Reports indicate there were two trains traveling in opposite directions of each other when the deadly pedestrian-train wreck occurred. At approximately 9:30 a.m., an Amtrak train struck a man and his K-9 friend. According to KCBS’ news coverage, the fatal train-related accident occurred between the Richmond and Martinez stops near Tennent Avenue. Reports also indicate there were two Amtrak trains traveling through western Contra Costa County at the same time. This subsequently prompted investigators to question whether the unidentified victim and his pet were struck by one or both trains, according to Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari. The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, and his dog apparently succumbed to their traumatic injuries at the scene.
The accident marked the third fatal pedestrian-train crash to take place in western Contra Costa County within the last few months. On February 26, an Amtrak train fatally struck 17-year-old Marlene Aguirre in close proximity to the location of Wednesday’s accident. An investigation into that particular incident suggested the Richmond High School senior and her friends were “horsing around too close to the tracks”. Another locomotive-involved accident occurred on April 28 and claimed the lives of two teenagers. The collision occurred near the Richmond station and left 18-year-old Ramon Prado-Santamaria and 17-year-old Hatziri Nieva with fatal injuries. That specific double fatal pedestrian-train wreck remains under investigation. California is allegedly notorious for its pedestrian-railway causalities. Excluding suicides, there were 60 fatalities and 48 injuries recorded in 2009. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), there are around 500 trespassing deaths on railroad tracks each year. Investigations into Wednesday’s accident are expected to be underway.
Leading personal injury attorney Mary Alexander, states if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a train-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. With more than 25 years of experience litigating the multifaceted personal injury claims of accident victims and their families, contacting the adept trial firm of Mary Alexander & Associates may help you obtain the reparations you deserve.
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