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Trooper Involved in Train Accident

Steve Wagner

Fort Wayne, Indiana trooper David Haines was involved in a train collision last Friday afternoon when he was distracted from driving as a result of his work computer in his patrol car.

The debate over whether or not dashboard computers are helpful or harmful to our police officers and others on the roadways continues, but this story is further proof of the danger of these mounted computers. NBC Nightly News ran a story a few years ago about the dangers of police distractions. In this recent case, Trooper David Haines was reportedly checking his computer while he was approaching the railroad crossing. He crashed through the barrier and the front end of his car collided with the engine of the train.

Thankfully, the trooper was not hurt, but the accident could have been drastically worse than it turned out to be. It took emergency personnel nearly an hour to clear the accident while the road was shut down.

Distracted driving is a terrible threat to our safety, even those in our communities who are supposed to be responsible for protecting our safety. From all of us at Wagner Reese, please put your cell phones down while you are driving. Turn off electronic devices, ignore external distractions, and pay attention to the road!

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident of this nature, please give us a call to find out more about our personal injury services, and how we can help you recover from vehicular accidents. We are waiting to speak with you at (888) 204-8440.


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