Crossing had operating blinkers and down gates, but guess driver figured his SVU was heavier faster than speeding UP stacker, or was too engrossed with his smart device..........
Perhaps I am completely jaded, but can't muster even the faintest sympathy for odd people who drive around warning devices at rail/hwy crossings. Suicides, well, that's a different story.
In all seriousness, I wonder what people are thinking when they go around the gates like he did. How do you not see the train coming?
So the son killed himself and his dad. What a dipsh*t.
I have ridden in the cab of Amtrak trains out of Chicago and the engineers have to witness near misses almost every single day. I don't know if they get over seeing near misses but I didn't. Seeing a dumb**s adult on a bicycle going around the gates wearing headphones, never noticing the train bearing down at 70+mph will make you cringe and probably not ever forget what you just saw. That one was so close I literally closed my eyes. We couldn't have missed that joker by more than 2 feet. With, strobes, ditch lights and a 5-chime horn blaring away long & strong these people will still wander out in front of speeding trains.
I think that Europeans have installed barriers that pop up preventing someone from wandering onto the tracks while a train is coming. I see that as the only sure deterrent to the pedestrian and bicycle "unintentional suicides". I suppose it would also work for vehicles, although we're talking serious capital investment now. What's the ultimate answer?
Phil McCaig posted:
. I suppose it would also work for vehicles, although we're talking serious capital investment now. What's the ultimate answer?
Most likely, grade separation or street closures, though someone(s) will still walk on ROW or deliberately step into train path. No curing dumbness.
So the son killed his himself and his dad. What a dipsh*t.
One of our railfan group casually knew the father who had no interest in trains. So now police are asking around to see if there were family or psychological troubles. May never know as our newspaper doesn't publish follow ups unless persons were prominent or death was "spectacular".
What other sources did you draw high speed &/or 'around the gates' from, etc?
Not much detail there on what actually happened.
For all we can tell from that story so far, a coffee cup fell and rolled under the brake.
Read about this on another hobby forum. Autopsy is to be performed; no other details at this time.