to make sure the mini van in front of me knew it could get out of the way of the train and lowering clanging bars.
They say that we have about 2,500 train/vehicle collisions a year.
This one was almost the train's fault.
The van in front of me had passed over the line where you are supposed to stop when the bars come down. It was moving onto the first set of tracks - and then, out of nowhere there was a train right at the boundary of the track and the road, a horn blaring, the bars lowering and the lights clanging.
The van got backed up before getting clocked by the bars.
The train, it turns out, was not going too fast as it stopped in front of us, people got out
and went about some kind of trainy business. But still it could have seriously damaged the
I suppose they thought since they were only three cars and were stopping and starting they didn't
need to warn anyone until they scared two drivers (me and the other one) half to death. This is a busy
street with three crossings and six tracks on it.
I may have to find another way to get to school...
Moral of this story is - those collisions aren't always the driver's fault.
Be careful and don't count on the warnings, that may come too late, to save you.