Two Oklahoma Sisters Killed in Train Wreck
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Oct 02, 2013 in Personal Injury
On Monday afternoon two sisters were killed when their mothers SUV collided with an oncoming Union Pacific train.
The collision occurred four miles south of Nowata when 28 year old Natalie Benham failed to yield at the crossing. Her two daughters nine and six years old were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision while she was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The engineer and conductor of the train did not suffer from any injuries.
According to the Annual Railroad Safety Statistics report by the Federal Railroad Administration, a total of 11,142 train wrecks occurred in the United States throughout 2009, which resulted in 7,925 injuries and 695 deaths.
Unfortunately, train accidents occur more often than we might expect and are typically caused by situations such as this where the driver of a passenger vehicle fails to locate the position of a train, thus resulting in a fatal accident.