Authorities in Milam County reported a major train accident on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Cameron. The accident derailed 11 railroad cars and caused a petroleum explosion when a semi-truck collided with a train at a railroad crossing.
Details About the Collision
Clean-up efforts remain underway following a train collision and derailment near Cameron, Texas. The collision took place at a railroad crossing south of town in the community of Marlow.
According to troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, a semi-truck traveling westbound crashed into the train when it came around a bend on the road and attempted to avoid a vehicle that had stopped at the railroad crossing.
The semi crashed into the side of a train car filled with petroleum, which exploded after the collision, bursting into flames. Reporters in the area state that the blast and flames were seen and heard from miles away.
Residents in the Marlow community were evacuated as flames engulfed at least three train cars, while a total of 11 others were reportedly derailed. Initial reports state that no residences in the area were damaged, but it was later announced that at least one home caught fire and several sheds were burnt down. Authorities also mentioned that several cars near the explosion caught on fire as well.
Astoundingly, no injuries or fatalities were sustained as a result of the incident. Six to eight separate fire departments responded to the accident. Several cars were left to burn themselves out.
While the disaster resulted in considerable damage and chaos, authorities stated that it could have easily been much worse. Just a few railroad cars back from the blaze were various cars carrying hazardous materials. If those cars had been touched by the fire, the entire town of Cameron and all of its residents would have been at risk.
Seeking Compensation Following a Texas Railroad Accident
While no injuries resulted from the incident in Milam County, the reality is that train accidents can be incredibly hazardous. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 15 deadly train accidents in 2019 and another 13 that led to serious injuries.
For drivers or passengers who are involved in train accidents caused by the actions or negligence of another party, it can be challenging to know how to go about seeking compensation.
In order to seek justice after your train accident, you will first need to determine who was at fault. However, determining responsibility can be a bit challenging as there may be multiple parties involved, from the train operator and maintenance workers to the railroad company or government entity in charge of maintaining the tracks.
After you’ve determined the liable party, you will need to prove that they knew or should have been aware of the danger which caused your crash, yet failed to prevent or address the issue.
With that in mind, getting the compensation you need after a car accident involving a train can be complex. That is why it is in your best interest to seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to solidify your case.
If you’ve been injured due to a train or car accident in Texas, contact the Houston personal injury attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, to learn more about your options for relief.