Cheswick, PA – Truck Crash Involving Train at Blockdale and Pittsburgh Sts

Cheswick, PA – Truck Crash Involving Train at Blockdale and Pittsburgh Sts

Cheswick, PA (August 20, 2020) – Early this morning around 5:20 a.m., a truck crash involving a train took place in Cheswick. 

The accident, according to authorities, happened on the railroad tracks at the intersection of Blockdale Street and Pittsburgh Street. A truck was driving over the railroad tracks when it was struck forcefully by a train. The crash was so forceful that the truck was sent into the side of a building in the area.

After further investigation, police discovered that the tractor-trailer was negotiating a sharp turn onto the crossing and was headed across the rails when he noticed the train and began backing up. However, the train continued onward without stopping.

The truck driver, who has since been identified as 55-year-old David Nezekiah Howell of Easton, was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. 

Due to the severity of the collision, the roadway was almost entirely closed down in the area where the train crash occurred.

Police continue their investigation into the circumstances leading up to the accident.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Train Accidents in Pennsylvania 

Cheswick, PA – Truck Crash Involving Train at Blockdale and Pittsburgh StsAccording to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 5,800 train accidents occur in the U.S. every single year. Pennsylvania is no stranger to train accidents, which can be some of the most traumatic accidents that take place in the entire state. Due to the fact that trains are some of the largest modes of transportation, they are capable of causing some of the most extensive, and fatal, harm. Losing a loved one due to an accident might be one of the most devastating and tragic things that you have ever dealt with. You and your family have a variety of options during these difficult times.

Losing somebody you love can be completely unexpected. No amount of money can take back the fact that you have lost a loved one in an accident that was not their fault. However, with the help of an attorney, you may be able to receive the compensation you deserve to pay for aspects like medical bills your loved one incurred, lost wages due to their missed time at work, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and so much more. We understand how difficult these times can be and extend a helping hand to you. It is important that you speak with a skilled wrongful death attorney in your time of need.

At, our Pennsylvania accident attorneys are here to assist you after you have suffered extensive losses due to a preventable train crash. You can find out more about our attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson by visiting us at We will ensure that your rights are being protected as you work toward compensation that you deserve in your dire time of need. We will help you every step of the way. Please contact an accident attorney at (215) 731-9900 to find out what options you have at this time.

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Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the community, we at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who drives on our roads and highways. We are always saddened by these accidents but hope that, through awareness members of our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.