CHICO, CALIFORNIA (December 20, 2017) – A train reportedly struck a pedestrian on Tuesday in Chico on Orange Street, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened around 3:30 pm on 5th Street near Orange Street. An unidentified pedestrian was reportedly struck by a freight train for an unknown reason.
The pedestrian was tragically declared dead as a result of the accident. Initial reports indicate the crossing was equipped with crossing arms and warning lights, but it is unclear whether the area has pedestrian gates to prevent people from accidentally stepping onto the tracks. The investigation is still ongoing, and Lexton Law will continue to update this article.
Many crossings are equipped with gates to keep vehicles from accidentally entering the intersection when a train is coming, but only a few have pedestrian gate arms, designed to come down over sidewalks and walkways to prevent pedestrians from mistakenly stepping onto train tracks when a train is inbound. The absence of these pedestrian gates are sometimes responsible for tragic accidents.
Lexton Law deals with train accident cases. Our lawyers have worked in the industry over the years and have vast expertise and knowledge concerning train cases. We recently recovered a large settlement for a client involved in a train derailment.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”