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California train accident kills woman: Wrongful death claim?

When cars get into collisions with trains, catastrophic injuries are often the result for the occupants of the much smaller vehicles. One recent California train accident caused fatal injuries to a woman who was only in her mid-20s. At last report, officials were still investigating the exact factors surrounding the train collision and the woman's potential wrongful death.

Immediate details were somewhat sketchy, but authorities did reveal that a car and freight train slammed into each other at a train crossing just before midnight in early January. The collision took place at the intersection of Rosecrans and Marquardt Avenues in Santa Fe Springs, California. According to officials, the young woman was the only person in the car at the time of the accident.

Emergency personnel were able to extricate her from the vehicle; however, her injuries proved too severe for her to survive. Medical personnel pronounced her dead at the medical center where she was transported for treatment. A representative from the Los Angeles County coroner's office revealed the woman's age in an early report, but no other details as to her identity were given at that time.

For this young woman's family, the fact that few details surrounding this train accident are currently available may be frustrating. As the police investigation continues, it may answer some of the questions as to how such a tragedy could occur. Sometimes, though, surviving family members may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to discover the full scope of contributing factors that resulted in a loved one's death. A successful litigation based upon proof of negligence can also help cover some of the funeral and related expenses that an unexpected death may cause.

Source:, "Santa Fe Springs freight train-car collision kills woman," Jan. 8, 2013

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