A woman in Schertz, Texas, succumbed to her injuries shortly after being struck by a train. According to authorities, the woman was walking along the tracks when she was hit.
Details About the Incident
The incident occurred at around 5:04 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th, in the 100 block of FM 78.
According to police, the woman was walking near the train tracks when the train hit her, resulting in serious injuries. She was transported to a nearby hospital shortly after but succumbed to her injuries.
The incident is being investigated by both the Schertz Police Department and the Union Pacific Police Investigators. The woman has since been identified as a 26-year-old Schertz resident.
Train Safety in Texas: What You Need to Know
Train and railway safety has been a major issue in the U.S. for decades. Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit rail safety education program, has worked since 1972 to instruct citizens (children in particular) about the dangers of trains and railways to pedestrians and drivers.
According to Operation Lifesaver, the weight of a train compared to a car is roughly the same ratio as a car compared to a soda can. You can imagine how that comparison would change for a train versus a human body.
It’s also worth noting that as rail and train engineering improves, trains have become quieter, meaning, it is now more difficult to tell when a train is coming. Trains also don’t always travel at fixed times, which can make it difficult for pedestrians and drivers to predict when a train will be on the tracks.
All of this goes to show that railway safety is something that should be taken seriously, and something that we may not give enough attention to.
In fact, in Texas in 2019, there were 15 train crashes that led to at least one fatality and another 13 that led to serious injuries, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. All told, there were 271 train crashes across Texas in 2019 alone. That’s equivalent to one train crash every 32 hours.
While the majority of train crashes don’t cause injuries, those that involve pedestrians and drivers can be incredibly dangerous. These accidents usually occur at train crossings, particularly those without sufficient safety devices in place, according to the US Department of Transportation.
Because of the possibility that a train crossing won’t have sufficient safety devices, it’s especially important for drivers and bystanders to know what to do – and what not to do – when walking or driving in the vicinity of the tracks.
Here are some tips for train and railway safety. Download our handy guide to keep these rules close at hand, and share them with your loved ones to help them stay safe, too.
If you’ve been involved in a Texas train accident, you may be owed compensation. Contact the Houston train accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns, PLLC, for help.