The Examiner has reported that police are attempting to reconstruct a Levasy, Missouri train crash that severely injured a pregnant woman and her husband.
Eastern Jackson County, MO —
Police are reconstructing the crash that sent two Sibley residents to the hospital Saturday afternoon, one of whom was nine months pregnant.
A spokesperson for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said he was uncertain about Gary Leann Hoff’s condition as of Tuesday.
The 17-year-old Sibley woman was a passenger in a small car that was struck by a train at about 3 p.m. near North O’Donnell and Old Lexington roads near Sibley.
She was flown to a hospital Saturday after the car she was in collided with a train near Levasy.
Other news reports said Hoff delivered her child later that evening, but the police spokesperson could not confirm that.
Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to Leann Hoff, her husband Jason Hoff and their new child.
Additional sources close to the Hoff family have confirmed that Leann Hoff gave birth to her child after she was transferred to the hospital from the crash site. These sources indicated that the child was delivered by emergency Cesarean while Leann remained in a coma with severe brain swelling and a number of other physical injuries. At that time, she had not been conscious to see her newborn.
It is appears the railroad crossing collision occurred at an unmarked crossing that may not have contained adequate warnings. It is unclear at this time whether the train crew sounded the train’s horn or whistle as required by law.
Railroad companies should be held accountable for dangerous railroad crossings that injure and kill. There should not be a different set of rules for large railroad companies than for the rest of us. Railroad companies need to be held responsible and it is up to the public to make sure that railroads stop putting profits in front of safety.
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Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.