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Pedestrians Killed by Train in Hazlehurst

Last week, two people were killed after being struck by a Canadian National train in Hazlehurst. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014. For currently unknown reasons, one man and two children were sitting on train tracks near the Frost Street intersection prior to being struck. Sadly, the adult and one child were killed in collision, and the other child was rushed to UMC for treatment of injuries.

Deadly Train Crash Under Investigation

Andrew Gilmore, 43 years old, took his cousins three-year-old Rashad and four-year-old Rene out for a snack on Friday. There was some concern that Gilmore had a medical condition that lead to sitting on the train tracks. Initial reports indicate that the horn was blown. This tragic crash is still under investigation with the Hazlehurst Police Department, the Copiah County Coroner and CN Police.

Accidents Involving Trains and Pedestrians
Pedestrian versus train accidents rarely end well. There's just no way to take on a vehicle that big, no matter how fast it's moving. Even at relatively low speeds, a collision with a train can be deadly. They can't stop on a dime either, so even if an engineer is trying to stop the train, it may not prevent injury or death to the pedestrian. The most important part of any train accident investigation is determining if all crossing arms, signals and lights were working at the time of the crash.

Pedestrian Accidents
Whether a train or a car has injured them, pedestrians who suffer personal injuries are often out of work and in the hospital. Pedestrians don't have the benefit of seatbelts, air bags or steel cages. They are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, especially child pedestrians. If your medical bills are piling up and you are recovering from injuries after a pedestrian accident, it's time to contact an attorney. Getting your life back together starts with a call to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Jackson. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest condolences to the Gilmore family and wishes a speedy and full recovery to Rene Gilmore.

Coxwell & Associates is a law firm focusing on serious accident and injury and criminal defense. Frank Coxwell handles consumer bankruptcy, but the remaining members work primarily in the areas of serious injury cases and criminal defense. The attorneys have helped hundreds of injured people recover millions of dollars for the harms and losses they suffered when a company or person did not follow the rules of safety. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have also handles some of the largest and most complex criminal cases around Mississippi. If you have a need in one of the two areas where the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates practice, please call for a free appointment.

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