Posted on March 6, 2018
Early this morning, a truck carrying Hydrochloric Acid was involved in a train accident in Pennsylvania. 4,400 pounds of Hydrochloric acid spilled out of the truck after the accident, going into a nearby river and calling Hazmat crews to the scene. The driver was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital and his condition was immediately unknown. However, because of the nature of the accident, 2 other people were taken to hospitals and 8 people were treated at the scene due to exposure.
The train accident was so severe that it carried the truck 100 yards down the track. At this time, they aren’t sure how the accident occurred. However, a witness and truck driver named Don Lloyd rushed to the scene and gave the driver an oxygen mask to protect him from the acid. Others in the area have been evacuated due to the acid floating through the air.
Train accidents can happen in many ways and for a variety of reasons. Train accidents are dictated by common carrier law, which are laws put in place to protect passengers who use certain services for a fee. Trains, planes, buses, and many other services are considered to be common carriers. When a bystander, such as in this current accident is injured, they may be able to recover damages depending on how the accident occurred. Perhaps a railroad will be found negligent because their crossing arm didn’t work, or there were no warning signals the moment the train arrived. As long as there was some error that caused the truck driver to enter the tracks even though he didn’t know a train was coming, liability could fall onto the company.
Train accidents can be extremely severe and it can be very difficult for a driver to stop in time. However, the best thing you can do is attempt to preserve your case to the best of your ability and speak with an attorney as soon as possible to get started on your recovery. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we handle many types of injury cases and want to get you the best results. Call us as soon as possible at 888-208-1810.