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3 killed in railroad crossing accident in Texas

Three children were killed, and an adult was injured after a Union Pacific Train hit a passenger vehicle at a railroad crossing.

According to reports about the accident, the accident happened on Jan. 26, 2019, around 10:35 in the morning. The adult male driving a 2008 Mitsubishi with three young children inside failed to stop at a railroad crossing on CR 1136 southeast of Mathis, Texas.

The driver didn't make it across the tracks in time. The impact from the train sent the passenger car careening off the tracks and into a cable barrier. Two of the children, a 12-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy, were thrown from the vehicle. Both boys died on the scene. A 5-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to a Corpus Christi hospital where she later died.

Only the driver survived the wreck, and he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

While police indicated that they believed the driver was trying to beat the train, residents in the area aren't so certain. They say that neither the road nor the intersection where the train crosses is well-lit and lacks adequate warnings. There are no bars that lower to warn drivers that a train is nearby on the tracks. Even the local police acknowledge that a driver may have to stop his or her car and listen to hear if a train is coming.

Avoiding an oncoming train is usually part of a driver's responsibility -- but there are situations that can put even a careful driver in danger. In some cases, poorly designed crossings and a lack of adequate warning by the train can combine to make a deadly situation.

In situations where there's little or no warning system for drivers approaching a railroad crossing and a history of accidents, the train company may be at fault for the accident. It's wise for the families of the victims to seek legal advice about the situation. Early action is best, due to the complex nature of train accident claims.

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