ExCon90 wrote:There was a news report the other day that the driver was a 30-year army veteran (retired) who now works as a truck driver for the contractor who provided the trucking service -- apparently devastated by what happened.Influenced by what I saw during my RR career, I never, never, never drive up onto a crossing unless the way is clear. If I even THINK there's a possibility that traffic may stop at a light or sign, I always stop short of the RoW. You'd be surprised at how many people will blow their horn at me to move up. I won't do it! I told one fella, the road is CLEAR on the other side (except for the possibility of a train, and to go right around me: I wasn't budging until I got a "clear" from the traffic ahead.
He wanted to 'road rage' me, but I glared at him while he muttered under his breath..
In 998.99999999 % of the crossing incidents, it is NOT the railroad's fault! While I sympathize with the victims, they shouldn't collect one red CENT for their own stupid mistakes!!!! But you watch, UP will end up shelling out $$$$ because of this. I hope NOT!