Five Tennessee teenagers were injured on June 14 when the vehicle in which they were riding was struck by a train. Official reports indicate that the youngsters were hit by the train at about 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of McCrory Lane and Highway 70 in Nashville. Two of the victims reportedly suffered more serious injuries, while three only had minor wounds after the auto accident.
Investigators say that their inquiry into the case is still continuing, but it does appear as though the railroad warning lights were working in the moments before the crash. Further, the train did activate its whistle as a warning while it was approaching. News reports show that the teens were returning from a swimming trip when they were injured in the accident.
Surprisingly, this is the second time that a train accident has occurred at that exact location. A driver was also struck by a train at that crossing in late March. That person survived the accident.
Witnesses called the scene “horrific,” explaining that emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to remove one of the victims from the mangled automobile. One of the teens suffered a head injury and bruised internal organs. Some of the victims also had broken bones.
The driver in this case should have been attentive enough to notice that a train was approaching the intersection. Further, the city of Nashville needs to make sure that all railroad crossings effectively communicate that a train is on its way. Shortcomings in the driver’s actions and perhaps in city planning may have contributed to this accident. The responsible parties, including the driver, should be held accountable through the civil court system. Victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other complaints after such a wreck.
Source: WKRN News 2, “5 teens injured after train strikes car in Bellevue” No author given, Jun. 14, 2014