On Tuesday afternoon, two men were injured after their car was struck by a train in Copiah County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 25-year-old Cyrus Reese and 28-year-old Clinton Robertson were in a Ford Taurus that got struck by a northbound Amtrak train at the Beall Road crossing. Witness reports indicate that the train was blowing its horn prior to the collision.
Jaws of Life Needed to Free Victim
First responders were swiftly on the scene, and the jaws of life were used to free Robertson from the wreckage. Very little information has been released about how this crash could have happened, but this particular railroad crossing does not have flashing light signals or barriers to warn drivers of approaching trains.
Local Residents Call for Railroad Crossing Safety Improvements
Copiah County residents are calling for additional safety improvements at this railroad crossing and others across the county. One resident, Myron Gary, who lives on Beall Road, reports that this is a particularly dangerous railroad crossing, because there is a blind spot. Trains don't always blow their horns, and without flashing light signals and barriers, motorists and other roadway users are put at an increased risk. Local residents also report that this isn't the only railroad crossing in the county that doesn't have flashing lights or barriers to warn motorists of oncoming trains.
Accidents involving trains can be incredibly devastating. In many cases, they are fatal. Freight trains can't stop on a dime. They're incredibly heavy and often traveling at high speeds. It's important to note that even if a train is traveling at relatively low speeds, crashes can be extremely damaging for other motorists involved.
Recovering From a Train Accident
Both victims of this crash were taken to area hospitals. The passenger, Clinton Robertson, was airlifted to UMC Hospital in Jackson. Very few details about this collision have been released, and there's no word on the extent of injuries involved or the victims' current conditions. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC wishes speedy and full recoveries to both of the injured victims. Helping someone with catastrophic injuries is very different and requires greater skills than handling fender-bender car wrecks. Some of the firms that handle fender-bender car wreck cases operate on a volume basis. Coxwell & Associates operates on an individual basis with its clients. The firm recognizes that in serious injury cases you usually only get one chance to get a full and reasonable recovery for the injured client so it is important to treat each case as a special case.