Texas ranks No. 1 for railroad accidents in U.S.

San Antonio has seen spike in railroad related accidents in 2019

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - Texas tops the list for the number of railroad crossing accidents with a total of 1,223 accidents from 2014 to 2018, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Texas is the only state to break the 1,000 mark in that time period, with California coming in at No. 2 with 801 accidents.

San Antonio has experienced a high number of train accidents so far this year.

Five pedestrians were hit by trains in April in San Antonio and a New Braunfels woman was killed by a commuter train in May.

A man died May 20 after being struck by a train on the Southeast Side after police reported that he was sitting on the tracks.

On June 2, a man died after he walked in front of an oncoming train near downtown.

"Despite being largely preventable, the U.S. Department of Transportation is making new efforts to increase railway awareness and safety," according to InjuryClaimCoach.com.

Never sit, walk, run, stand, or play near train tracks.

Never try to beat a train in your vehicle or on foot, and cross tracks only at designated crossings.

 

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