This week there was news of a tragic accident involving a young boy and a Metrolink train in Riverside.
A 15-year old boy riding his bike the other day near the Riverside Metrolink station was struck and killed by a train.
The teen was waiting for a freight train to pass before crossing the tracks; he thought it was clear but ended up right in the path of a five-car Metrolink train even though the signal was still activated.
It was a devastating time, especially for a man waiting at the crossing when he recognized the youth as a friend's relative. They had just waved at each other.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Apparently the crossbar on the south side of the tracks raised a little after the first train passed and then went back down. The accident is under investigation to determine what happened.
Keep in mind when crossing railroad tracks by foot, bike or vehicle, there are two sets of tracks. Never assume that just because one train has gone by, you're clear to cross - because another train could be coming from the other direction.
My sincere condolences go to the family and friends of this young victim.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a train accident, but you're not sure what your rights are, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the law offices of Peach & Weathers to determine what you should do next. We are located in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.