In a tragic accident on Saturday, an 18-month-old boy and two adults were killed in their SUV when the driver of the vehicle attempted to swerve around a crossing arm and flashing warning lights at a lightrail train crossing. The other passenger in the vehicle, a woman in her 30s, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Six of the approximately fifty passengers on the light rail sustained minor injuries.
The collision occurred shortly before 4 p.m. The train pushed the Pathfinder SUV about 30 yards beyond the point of impact. Authorities are reviewing the footage of the accident but say that the video clearly shows the SUV swerving around the crossing arm and then getting struck by the light rail train. The light rail train followed two Union Pacific freight trains, but the crossing arm remained down the entire time. The light rail train was going about 55 mph, a common speed for a train of that type.
Authorities have not released the identities of those killed in the accident. The baby boy was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the two adults were pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters said that one of the adult passengers was ejected from the vehicle.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.