Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

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Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Postby SOO2719 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:39 pm

Here is a video of a train vs. car accident in Centralia, Illinois late last month that demonstrates why you do not drive around crossing gates:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiOj58D4kek

Amazing to relate, the driver was able to walk away from this--but he was ticketed for ignoring a railroad crossing:

https://www.southernillinoisnow.com/2020/09/24/driver-escapes-injury-when-suv-is-hit-by-train-in-centralia/#:~:text=Centralia%20Police%20say%20a%2040,Street%20crossing%20late%20Wednesday%20afternoon.&text=The%20train%20caught%20the%20rear,it%20off%20to%20the%20side.

As the Doobie Brothers sang, "How do those fools survive?"
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Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Postby Mark D » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:01 pm

You don't want to go around crossing gates because you don't want to die before your time. Those who do so are likely to have a short life span. This is very simple.
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Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Postby Al_Seever » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:13 pm

Saw this a few weeks ago! Damn. I feel for the crew.

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Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Postby Mark D » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:36 pm

OF TOPIC
Al, Check your messages on the Chaski Railfan on the private messages. You wanted my phone number. There it is.
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Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Postby Al_Seever » Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:50 pm

Got it! Thanks, Mark. Just sent you a DM.

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Re: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Postby Mark D » Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:43 pm

You called me, I couldn't talk at that time - I had something going on. I can tell you what it was, but not here.
You can still call back just about any day. Best time would be when the sun goes down because I'll be outside before that. Sun goes down these days is about 5:00 or just a bit toward 6:00.
I want to talk with you, I want to know what you want to talk about.

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