We had an oops at work, this afternoon. We had finished our switching and the train was heading back for the evening. We have a quarry along our line and have several close calls there. Today, it was more than a "Close call"
The law says that we have to blow the horn at least 20 seconds, before we even reach the crossing. The driver stated that he never "Saw" the train. The driver was visibly shaken, but refused medical treatment. As the Operation Lifesaver slogan says: "Stop, Look and Listen!" Always expect a train at any time, on any track and from either direction.........
I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story..
Notice the skid marks... The truck was loaded with stone..
Notice what is left, of the right-front tire..
Looking down, from the locomotive walkway..
Most people don't understand, that trains ALWAYS
have the right-of-way. This was a small train. It had three locomotives and 19 empty hopper cars. It still weighed in around 900 tons. Or 1,862,500lbs... Trains have the right-of-way out of necessity. We cannot stop on a dime. Please be extra careful, when you are about to cross railroad tracks! Don't take them for granted and don't assume that the lights and gates will always work. This crossing only had crossbucks and the locomotive lights & horn, for advanced warning. I wish all private and non-gated crossings had stop signs... I'll just have to keep wishing.