On Sunday morning near Goodwell, Oklahoma, two freight trains collided in a devistating accident which left three crew members dead.
The crash happened that morning about a mile east of Goodwell, when as a Union Pacific train carry mixed goods was heading eastbound on its way to Chicago from Los Angeles, it smashed head-on with a westbound Union Pacific train loaded with cars and trucks.
After the violent collision, three of the trains' crew had been reported missing, and by Monday, investigators had stated that they feared no one could have survived the accident and ensuing blaze.
Today, Oklahoma's medical examiner's officer stated that it has received the badly charred remains of the three Union Pacific crew members who were killed.
The National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Mark Rosekind has stated that they had determined that one of the trains had failed take a side track and to yield the right-of-way to the other locomotive.
While Rosekind did not disclose which train operator was at fault, he revealed that there was no malfunction found in regard to the signals that are used to guide the trains.
Another crew member reportedly jumped from the slower-moving train before impact, and survived with minor scrapes and bruises.
This is a terribly tragic story to hear about, and as a Phoenix accident attorney, you see that it is rare indeed that two trains collide with one another.
It is not yet fully known what caused the crash, and it has been reported that one of the trains had tried to slow down, while the other apparently did not.
Could one of the operators have been distracted or not paying attention?
Our Phoenix wrongful death lawyers offer our condolences to the family and friends of the three crew members who were killed in this tragic incident.