Alex Amundson, 21, of Fairview, Utah and Donald Callison, 18, of Monroe, Utah were killed and two others were seriously injured after a collision with a TRAX train near 200 West and 4100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 11, 2010. The crash happened around 7 p.m. Investigators say the Red Chevrolet was waiting for the train to pass at the crossing arms near 200 West and 4100 South. The driver decided to pull around the gate, ignoring the warning signs and sounds, into the path of the train that was running at full speed. Witnesses say the arms were down and they drove the car around the arms to possibly try to beat the train. The train hit the red Chevy at around 55 mph.
Video Courtesy of KSL.com.
The driver was killed instantly, and Donald Callison, who was sitting behind the driver, died later at the scene. The passengers on the right side of the car were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Their names have not been released. KSL news reports that one of the survivors is an 18-year-old woman from West Valley City, Utah and the other is a 19-year-old male from Vernal, Utah. Both remain in critical condition. There were at least 60 people on the train at the time of the accident but none of them were injured.
My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with families of the victims in their time of need. I wish the two injured parties the very best as they recover
Law and Liability Issues
In looking at reports on this sad event, parents of the driver are at a loss as to why Alex Amundson drove around the crossing arms to cross over to the other side. Perhaps he was late for an appointment? At any rate, his actions caused his death and that of his passenger Donald Callison. As such, the family of Donald as well as the others who were injured critically in this crash, have a claim against the insurance policy. If they had their own car insurance or were under someone else’s car insurance, then they can additionally make an “underinsured” claim with that insurance company.
I would recommend that those affected by this terrible event hire a Utah accident and injury lawyer to help them find out the extent of remedies that are available to them.
The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the blog article above. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call a reputable Utah personal injury law firm. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified Utah personal injury attorney.
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