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Kings County: Semi Struck Amtrak Train, Injuring at Least 20


At about 12:15 p.m. on Monday, October 1, a semi truck went through a railroad crossing at Kansas and South Avenues in the Kings County town of Guernsey while bells were ringing and lights flashing, slamming into an Amtrak passenger train. The impact derailed the locomotive and at least one of the four passenger cars. Traveling from Oakland to Bakersfield at the time of the crash, the train, San Joaquin No. 712, was carrying 169 passengers, at least 20 of whom sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Authorities are investigating why the trucker ran through the intersection.

“After an accident resulting in injuries, investigators will determine which party was negligent,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “That party may then be held civilly liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries.”

In 2011, from January to December, a total of 1,770 accidents occurred on Amtrak trains, resulting in 115 fatalities and 1,841 injuries, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis. Of these accidents, 91 were attributable to train crashes, 119 to highway-rail incidents, and 1,560 to other incidents.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the 20 passengers who were injured when the semi struck the train yesterday.

The San Francisco Chronicle originally reported this Kings County crash.

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