Dangerous Rail Crossing to be Upgraded


A drop down safety gate and flashing signals are being added to a Graniteville, South Carolina crossing where five people died in a car-train collision 3 years earlier. The tracks themselves are also being moved closer to the Graniteville canal to provide further safety and make room for the changes.

In November 2004, a freight train slammed into a car carrying five employees of nearby Avondale Mills. A few months later, another South Carolina railroad accident crash a little south of the same crossing involving railcars released toxic chlorine gas into the air, killing nine people. The move of the rails and installation of the new safety equipment will cost $1.5 million.

Train collisions and railway accidents are among the most violent and dangerous kinds of wrecks that one can be involved in. While the most common type of train accident is an accident at a place where the tracks meet a street, trains may also derail, collide with one another or spill their cargo, some of which is hazardous. Railway accidents often take place at high speeds, exposing victims to the risk of a serious injury from being thrown violently around or out of the train. Jagged or broken glass and metal, thousands of pounds of force or sudden cargo spills are just a few of the many hazards associated with a train accident.


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