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Metro rail collisions lead to investigations of fatal accidents

Two recent Metro rail collisions in Houston, Texas, have led to investigations of fatal accidents. The most recent occurred as thousands of people sat in NRG Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday to watch the biggest football game of the season.

A man riding a bicycle turned into the path of a Metro train in Houston, killing him. Just days prior, a professor from Rice University was killed by a Metro train while cycling to work near the Texas Medical Center. The professor crossed the tracks in front of a train on the 6300 block of Fannin at Sunset.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has almost 23 miles under its belt and has more collisions per mile than any other major line in the United States. This is according to data provided by United States Department of Transportation's National Transit Database.

The two deaths this past weekend were the 9th and 10th since 2004 involving pedestrians or bicyclists and the train. Only one person out of the 10 killed since 2004 was driving a vehicle at the time of an accident involving the train.

The original 7.5 miles of the Red Line opened in 2004. Prior to the Green Line, the Purple Line opened in 2014. Before those two lines opened, there were a reported 58 collisions. In 2016, the number of collisions increased to 108.

Metro has been working to increase safety measures along their lines in the city, installing new traffic lights and preaching safety to those who live in and work in the city. Metro also created an LED red band that goes around traffic signals as an added level of visibility for drivers traveling along the Metro lines.

Every fatal crash along the Metro lines has been investigated since 2004 and results have found that operators of the trains could not have done anything to prevent the accidents from happening.

An experienced personal injury attorney in Houston, Texas, will be able to explain your rights following a car accident.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Two recent bicyclists' deaths put spotlight on Metro rail collisions," Dug Begley, Feb. 06, 2017

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