September 26, 2016
“The crew on the train tried to stop.” If you review news stories on crashes between a vehicle and a train you will find a common theme. The crew in the train did everything they could to avoid a crash, but most times there is little that could have be done to slow or stop a speeding locomotive. According to a BNSF report, trains can take up to one mile to come to a stop once the emergency brake is deployed.
That means it’s up to us as drivers to use our brains and not challenge a train. Trying to beat a train at a crossing isn’t just dangerous, it’s dumb. Saving a few minutes isn’t worth risking your life.