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GARY, |N — Two railroad workers were injured early Sunday morning, April 8, when a CSX train and South Shore Freight train collided near the U.S. 12 overpass in Gary, Indiana. Firefighters had to extricate both railroad workers, including one who had a broken leg.

A CSX train and a South Shore Freight train crashed into each other in Gary, IN at a switch where 3 tracks run side by side near the U.S. 12 overpass.

Media reports say that both workers were taken to the hospital, but were later released with non-life threatening injuries.

The collision occurred just before 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning, April 8, at Old Hobart Road and Atcheson Drive near U.S. 20. The crash derailed several box cars and flatbeds carrying truck trailers. The Gary Fire Department said that they were notified of the derailment about 6:53 a.m.

Map showing location of train crash at a track switch near Old Hobart Rd and Atcheson Dr in Gary, IN near the U.S. 12 overpass.

Police blocked off Old Hobart Road/Miller Avenue and another railroad crossing nearby as CSX train crews inspected the tracks.

Gary Fire Department Chief Teresa Everett said the first thing crews arriving on scene did was to assess what kind of cargo the trains were carrying to make sure that there was nothing hazardous or life threateneing. Crews reported that they found nothing dangerous.

“There’s a lot of heavy equipment back there, and the cleanup is going to take some time,” Everett said. “We haven’t determined what substances were on the train, but there appears to be nothing hazardous at this time.”

According to the video, the Gary Fire Department said that the accident was caused by  a faulty switch gear.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

FELA Lawyer News Blog is a train accident injury blog that publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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