Burlington Northern Train Derailment Causes Injuries to Conductor and Engineer
By Randy Appleton, Railroad Accident Injury/FELA Lawyer
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed over Rice Creek between East River Road and University Ave in Fridley, Minnesota (MN). A total of 17 cars and 2 locomotives went off the rails in the July 16, 2011, wreck, which occurred when the train crossed a bridge and hit a washed-out road where heavy rain had swept away the track’s foundation, according to kstp.com.
The engineer and conductor who were on the train suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries remains unknown. Given the extensive damage caused by the derailment, it would not be surprising if one, or both, of the railroad workers suffered serious injuries like broken bones, lacerations, a head injury or strained and torn back muscles.
BNSF will likely point to the bad weather as the culprit to this major train derailment, but it makes you wonder why the track’s foundation was so susceptible to heavy rain.
Our firm is familiar with the damage train derailments can cause. In 2000, we secured a then-historic jury verdict for a gas station clerk who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after a Norfolk Southern train derailed.
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