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Victims of November 2012 train accident still learning to cope


Oklahoma residents who have been involved with an accident involving a train all know just how devastating these accidents can be. Beyond injuries and deaths, surviving victims, their families and the relatives of anyone killed often endure considerable emotional trauma and grief. The lingering effects of train accident show just how traumatic such events can be.

In the late afternoon of November 15, 2012, a group of veterans was aboard a flatbed truck driving through Midland, Texas, as part of a parade honoring the veterans and their families for their service. Suddenly a Union Pacific freight train was bearing down on the truck as it was crossing a railroad track. The driver was unable to get the flatbed across the tracks in time and the train struck the truck.

Today, one survivor of that accident is learning to drive a specialized truck with just his hands. He recently was able to regain use of his legs, leave his wheelchair and learn to walk again. His wife, who was also on the flatbed, continues to struggle with the trauma she endured. The horrific train accident has led to multiple lawsuits. Despite the tragic circumstances, the couple, one of those who has sued the train company, is hoping that changes will be made and those responsible will get more than a slap on the wrist.

The accident shows just how destructive, physically and emotionally, train accidents can be. If the evidence supports such a decision, anyone injured in such an accident -- or family members of anyone killed -- can hold a train company accountable by filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If successful, this legal action could bring compensation to help victims and families recover from any economic losses.

Source: CBS Local, "Train Accident Victims Hope Trial Brings Change," Ginger Allen, May 29, 2014

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