RE: dragnet2 wrote:
There was nothing faulty here.
This is an incident that resulted from total negligence.
I know it was negligence. I’m just saying people should not take for granted these lights and “gates” will be working at all times.
I cross rail road tracks more than I care for, but i always assume these things will not always be working regardless of negligence or faulty equipment.
I’m sure if this woman had been a little more vigilant she may have had more of a chance, but seems like she was just a typical driver, but to give her credit, I wasn’t there so i will give her benefit of the doubt.
I would just like to see our public drivers be a bit more educated about driving as I see so many are not or don’t care as they fly at high speed without regards to the real dangers of RR tracks.
posted on 04/19/2010 8:41:49 PM PDT
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Exactly. I cross the darned things probably 3-4 times a day, and believe me I 'stop, look, and listen' lights or no lights.
The other scary thing is that the two main crossings here are the only "no horn" crossings in the state. Four gates, European style, so the train doesn't pull for the crossing. Which scares the heck out of me, that horn is one more safety factor.
Westbound we have good sight lines in both directions, but eastbound you can't see more than 50 yards up the track to the south and the trees are right up against the road to the north. So we listen with all our ears. Fortunately there's a crossing 2 miles north and another crossing which is NOT a no-horn crossing about 1/2 mile north, so you can hear a southbound train pull the whistle for the middle crossing. Thank goodness.
I've gotten to where I can tell from the sound of the diesel motors whether it's a slow or a fast freight.
posted on 04/19/2010 8:46:20 PM PDT
(Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)T)
I know it was negligence. Im just saying people should not take for granted these lights and gates will be working at all times.
But they do, unfortunately.
People expect things like trains and planes to be safe and expect those that operate and run them to keep them safe...Just the way it is.
Me personally? On approach to intersections with green lights, my foot is off the accelerator, and hovering over the brake, watching for broadside and left turn killers....Things like intersections are mass murderers.
posted on 04/19/2010 8:48:38 PM PDT
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