KSmitty wrote:I dont know what the roads are like down there, but a few years back we had something similar happen up here because of icy roads. Someone slid into the side of a box car as the train was already occupying the crossing.
No excuse for that at Broad St., Plainville. It's got the most pitch-perfect sightlines you could ever ask for on a crossing: https://goo.gl/maps/ynEw9kgaAZq
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. As a stop-and-protect crossbucks-only crossing they would've seen the stopped train flagging from a half-mile away even in driving rain or snow. Occam's Razor sez driver was a bleedin' moron.
Trust me as a native Nutmegger...that's par for the course over there. For a state that has quite a lot of regular train traffic throughout its areas of megalopolis density, I have never seen such uniformly stoopid behavior around grade crossings as drivers there. Springfield Line is the worst...like the tracks emit some sort of brainwave tractor beam that compels drivers to run the gates with abandon. Growing up in Bristol I've also seen some complete WTF? decisions with the Highland crossings for those slow 10 MPH trains...like, drivers literally stopped and watching the freight creep towards the Broad St., Bristol crossing from almost a half-mile away then suddenly deciding when it was only a few hundred feet away that NOW
was the time to floor it around the gates.