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Utah Co, UT (June 02, 2021) – The man who was hit by a train and subsequently died on Tuesday, June 1st near Springville, an unincorporated area of Utah County has been identified as 38-year-old Colin Robson Younkin, a resident of Springville.  

The accident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. at the tracks that run across Evergreen Drive when Younkin was struck by a 140,000-pound coal train that was almost a mile long. He was killed on impact.

Authorities reported that they do not believe this was a suicide attempt.  

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Colin Robson Younkin, at this time.

Pedestrian/Railroad Accidents in Utah County

Accidents that happen at railway crossings have the largest rate, about 300 to 400, of yearly train-related deaths. Someone is always at fault for each train crossing accident, such as those tasked with crossing signal maintenance, track maintenance, and the upkeep of the roads leading to and from the tracks. 

Railway crossing accidents can occur for several different reasons, like defective crossing signals, non-working lights, no gate-arms, and overgrown hedges, all of which make an oncoming train hard to see. It is crucial to document the scene before the railway company has an opportunity to clear the site since it is incumbent on them to ensure that all signal devices are completely visible and in full working order. 

In rural regions, a train failing to sound its horn can cause an accident, especially at crossings with no gate-arms. Many rural railroad crossings are equipped only with lights or crossbucks. An obstructed line of sight can make the train and even the crossing itself difficult to see. In some cases, private crossings are maintained by a landowner rather than a railway company.

The impacts of fatal pedestrian crashes throughout our state are something that most families are not prepared to deal with. The mental and emotional pain and suffering are only half of the battle. In many cases, families are deprived of sources of income they have grown to depend on. Additionally, they are often left with towering medical bills and funeral costs. 

When victims are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance from a skilled and knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney in Salt Lake City as soon as possible. When victims are harmed in collisions, through no fault of their own, they are often able to obtain compensation from wrongdoers to alleviate the financial costs they face for medical treatment, lost wages, property repairs, and a variety of other economic and non-economic damages.

At Jardine Law Offices P. C., our Utah personal injury attorneys fight aggressively to ensure our clients get the justice they rightfully deserve. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys review the circumstances surrounding each of our client’s cases to determine the most appropriate course of action. We put together solid legal claims that we leverage against defendants while demanding full and fair compensation for victims. 

Our team pays keen attention to details and we strive to do everything in our power to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation available for their claims so they can move forward in the best position possible to reach their goals in recovery. If you have been injured in a car accident as a result of another person’s actions, contact our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free case evaluation to see how we can help you.

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