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closeup of damaged car after a train collided with it on the railroad tracks

Founder & Principal Attorney
Maison Law

Santa Cruz County, CA — A collision between a train and a car on Monday afternoon, June 17, 2024, has left a woman with minor injuries, according to KSBW.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials stated that the crash occurred around 1:45 PM on Old Chittenden Road near Highway 129. A 63-year-old woman from Watsonville driving a white Honda Fit was traveling north on a private road close to Old Chittenden Road. Simultaneously, a train was heading west on the tracks just ahead of her vehicle.

For reasons yet to be determined, the car and the train collided. Fortunately, the driver sustained only minor injuries and was promptly taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance for medical evaluation and treatment. None of the passengers or crew members on the train were injured in the crash.

The CHP is actively investigating the cause of the accident. Preliminary assessments indicate that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors.

Personal Injury Claims

Determining fault in a collision can hinge on various factors, and in California, partial liability can be assigned to multiple parties. Assisting in establishing legal liability is one of the key roles that a personal injury attorney can fulfill for victims recovering from a traffic accident.

Suppose it is determined that the actions of another contributed toward the injuries. In that case, victims may qualify to file a personal injury claim with the insurance provider of those responsible. Such a claim can offer compensation to help offset hospital expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income from taking time off work for recovery.

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