Uber driver gets $17k settlement after crash with MetroRail train

Investigations

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Uber driver who collided with a MetroRail train in downtown Austin six months ago has won a $17,000 settlement with the train operator, Herzog.

A February KXAN Investigation revealed Roberto Gonzalez did not receive ample warning before the train hit the middle of the crossing on Nov. 1, 2018. Video from the train shows the crossing arm had just started coming down when the collision occurred on the tracks.

Herzog blamed its own employee for the crash. The company determined the train engineer started speeding up prior to the crash and got to the crossing too soon. Herzog also said it’s policy for engineers to stop prior to reaching the crossing if the arms are not fully lowered.

Gonzalez has been struggling to make ends meet while waiting for the insurance companies to come to an agreement. After paying for his ambulance ride, hospital bills and lawyer fees, he said he is now left with about $7,600 in his pocket.

“If it weren’t for your story, this would’ve never happened,” Gonzalez told KXAN.

Austin police responding to crash on Nov. 1, 2018

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