A speeding vehicle crashed and damaged DART’s electrical and rail lines on Monday, April 18. The crash occurred around 1 a.m. in Dallas, TX.
Details About the DART Track Crash
On April 18 at around 1 a.m., a black Toyota Camry was speeding down the Houston Street Viaduct.
According to Dallas police, the Toyota Camry went airborne over the bridge barriers and fell about 30 to 40 feet. The Camry landed next to the DART train tracks. Authorities stated that during the fall, the Camry struck the electrical lines that supply power to the DART trains.
Witnesses to the crash told police that they saw two women exit the Camry and flee from the scene. It is unknown whether or not they were injured in the crash.
Crews arrived on the scene late Monday morning to assess the damage. Both power lines were knocked over, along with the poles and counterweights that support them. Part of the DART rail line was also heavily damaged during the crash.
DART buses were brought to the scene to help riders navigate around the affected area. It is unclear whether an investigation is ongoing into this crash.
What Causes a Person to Speed?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,478 people were killed in speed-related crashes in 2019. While speeding is considered a form of aggressive driving behavior, many drivers don’t see the harm in pushing the speed limit. However, speeding can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and result in unnecessary crashes and fatalities.
While each person has a different reason for speeding, the common causes of this behavior include:
- Running late — When a person is running behind schedule, they often try to make up for lost time by speeding to their destination. This can cause a person to drive recklessly without thought of others on the road.
- Traffic — A buildup in traffic can be frustrating for many drivers and cause them to speed while aggressively riding bumpers and changing lanes.
- Over-confidence — When a driver is over-confident, they tend to ignore traffic laws. They have faith in their ability to control their vehicle and don’t feel the need to drive the speed limit.
- Disregard for the law — Some people simply speed because they have a disregard for the law. They may be used to this type of behavior and see nothing wrong with it.
Although there are many excuses that people use for speeding, none of them justify it. When a person speeds, they are putting themselves and others in danger. As a driver, you have a responsibility to drive the posted speed limit in order to maintain proper control of your vehicle.
The next time you get behind the wheel, make the decision to drive the speed limit. You could end up saving your life and the lives of others on the road.