CNN has reported that an Amtrak train heading to Chicago derailed 100 miles northeast of Kansas City near CR 120 in Mendon, Missouri.
The train was loaded with approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members when it struck a dump truck at about 12:42 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022. The collision took place at an uncontrolled intersection that did not have any warning lights or motion gates. Two of the train passengers died, along with one victim that was in the dump truck. A nearby school has become a makeshift triage center for train accident victims as the number of injured climbs to at least 50.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens is a train accident attorney in Missouri. During a recent interview, Reed discussed the legal rights of train accident victims, including when victims can sue for being injured in a train derailment.
"While trains are typically a very safe mode of travel, they also have their dangers. When a train derails or gets into a collision with another vehicle, it can cause serious harm and even death. This can also cause significant financial loss due to medical bills and lost wages for the injured victims and their families."
"The two common types of train accidents include train collisions and train derailments. When a train collides with another vehicle, it can cause the train to derail. However, many factors can lead to train accidents such as equipment malfunctions, operator errors, and even lack of safety regulations at crossing intersections."
"Victims of train accidents should consult with an experienced train accident attorney to fully explore their legal options. An attorney can help to identify any third parties that may be liable for the damages. By filing a train accident lawsuit, victims of train accidents can get the compensation they deserve."