Train And Truck Collide On Long Island
Operation Lifesaver began in 1972, their focus was to help prevent train versus auto collisions, which were responsible for 12,000 collisions between trains and autos annually. Since they began operation, that number has experienced a steep decline of 83% by 2017, when there were only 2,100 such collisions. The organization focuses on education, including educating teen and other new drivers about what to do at railroad crossings. Included in the educational materials is showing that when compared to a 30-car freight train, an auto is roughly the equivalent of a soda can. A person involved in an auto versus train collision is 80 times more likely to die than in an accident with another automobile.
ABC News reports on a deadly train versus truck collision in Long Island, New York.
On Tuesday, February 26th, two commuter trains crashed into a truck in Westbury, New York. Following the collision, one of the trains derailed and tore into a concrete platform.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder reported that the driver of the pickup truck was trying to “beat the gate” when it was struck. One of the trains, bound for Manhattan, was traveling at full speed and carrying 200 passengers at the time of the accident.
The accident killed three people in the truck, including the driver, and sent seven passengers to the hospital with injuries. More than 1,000 commuters and crew from the two trains had to be evacuated from the site.
After the initial crash, another train heading westbound towards Westbury then struck the vehicle. The impact caused the front two cars to derail.
Tuesday’s crash was the fifth incident at that crossing in the last 40 years. It was the second incident involving a vehicle. All other incidents involved people walking or standing on the tracks being struck.