Trains

@ElicBxn (60050)
United States
May 1, 2009 8:42pm CST
Well, I was sitting in traffic this afternoon at a strange intersection. I was on the street parallel to the train tracks and the cross street only had space for 2 cars between the traffic light of the major street that paralleled the tracks on the other side. Well, I was sitting there, waiting for the light to change, wondering what the cars and trucks that were just barely off the tracks would do if a train came. And that made me think of the time I saw a train/truck accident in 1976. Like the pickup trucks I saw today, the truck I saw wasn't really ON the tracks, but overhanging them. Maybe a fender just too close. Unlike the pickup trucks, this was a large truck, hauling a fork-lift on the flat bed. I saw the lights flashing and stopped. I also saw that the truck was on - or at least too close to - the tracks. "Hurry up, drive!" I said. Then: "Back up! Back UP!" But, I guess the truck was stalled. I held my hands over my ears - don't ask me why I do that, but I do - and the train came and hit the truck. Now, I could hear the train's brakes were on, and the engineer was blowing the horn. I remember seeing the truck fly up before the train blocked my view. The train continued to brake until there were only about 3 cars from the end when he finally got stopped. I said to myself. "well, I'm not going any where" and turned off the car. The car behind me, a gal in a a VW bug, made a u-turn and split. I said to her - like she could hear me - "don't ya know its illegal to leave the scene of an accident?" Pretty soon a police man came up. Down at the intersection the police blocked off the street. He asked me about what I saw, and wanted my info. "Is the truck driver all right?" I asked. The police man said he'd check. I waited, and waited. He came back and said the truck driver had only minor injuries, but the truck... He also said that they'd be getting the train out of the way pretty soon, but he'd like me to stay a bit longer incase they had more questions - as the only witness, that stayed. I had told them about the gal who left. I continued to wait and then the train moved up and I saw that I still wasn't going any where - even the policeman laughed. The truck was jack knived across the street. The fork lift that had been on the flatbed was off it and on the side of the road next to the truck. Now, I tell a joke about this event. I say, that I saw a truck get hit by a train. Happily the driver wasn't hurt, some scratches from the flying glass, but even the fork lift the truck was carrying jumped off to get away. So, have you ever seen a train hit a car or truck? Was anyone injured? did the insurance company call you? they did me. Tell me your story.
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7 responses
2 May 09
Hi Elic, Wow Elic, good thing the truck driver was not hurt badly, why do they go so close to the lines? here in the UK you can't do that as the barriers comes down till the train passes, so when the barries comes down no traffic can go anywhere near the railway track, the man was lucky to be alive. TAamra
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
2 May 09
Well, this was 1976, and at that time, there were no drop down barriers at this crossing, AND, he had stalled there before the train was close enough to have dropped down the barrier. He was very lucky to have survived. I saw him walking around after the train moved on.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
4 May 09
I saw an accident on one of our major streets, we were on the sidewalk, some guy called the police on his cell phone, the police came only spoke to that one man and left, that was the end of it.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
4 May 09
that was strange, wonder if maybe the person admitted to being wrong
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
2 May 09
I do not belive I have ever seen a train hit a car on the tracks. but it was good that no one was hurt in the accident. Yes you are not suposed to leave the seace of an acident espicaly after you witness it. I did see part of a traffic acidient recently while waiting at a red light one morning after getting off from work. I onley saw a part of what happen, I decied to leave becase i did not want to get involved. there were enough people arond to help the driver and I was sure the police would be there soon. I think what happen was that one of the drivers ran the light. I latter heard the wreck reported on the raido on the way home so I was not to worried.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
2 May 09
I've come on the scene after an accident and called 911, but because I didn't witness them I don't stop. But if I do see an accident, I stop - if I can, I'll even give advice, like the dumb gal who got out after the accident. Then she tried to tell the EMTs that she hadn't... When my mom was in an accident in 1995 a lady stopped and gave her name because her mom had been in an accident and they blamed it on her because she was older. She didn't want my mom to go thru what her mom had.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
2 May 09
The worst thing I can remember was when our truck broke down on the highway in the middle of rush hour. I was working in Huston and my husband was working in a little town of El Campo about an hour away. He had to borrow a friend's vehicle to come fix the truck. As he stood at the front of the truck I was standing in the grass off the road side when I saw a truck swerve onto the shoulder and rear-end our truck. It was like slow motion, I could not believe what I was watching. I screamed for my husband to get out the way!. Luckily he had seen and heard what was about to happen and got out of the way just in time. The guy got out and ran across two lanes of traffic to leave the scene. The cops later found him asleep. Naturally he was drunk.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
2 May 09
That's terrible, at least he wasn't hurt! I hope the guy at least had insurance.
• United States
2 May 09
Yeah, I wish...he didn't.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
4 May 09
of course not...
@Darkwing (21590)
15 May 09
Fortunately, I only saw this happen from my flat window, in Germany. I lived in forces married quarters and the side, dining room window, faced across a green to the railway crossing. This crossing was just lights... no gates, nothing to keep traffic back as the train approached. A car had stalled in the middle of the crossing, and the guy got out to push it off the tracks, when the train came. I don't know why he didn't move.. perhaps he was trying to save his car, or perhaps even attempting to stop the train, but the train hit... at speed. It hit not only the car, but the driver who was attempting to move it out of the train's path. He wasn't so lucky... he was knocked down onto the track and his head severed with the train's wheels rolling over his neck. Ewwwwww... it still makes me cringe to even talk about it. Several people rushed out to see what had happened with the screech of the train's brakes and the bang, but I was rooted to the spot! I couldn't have gone down there whatever had happened. All I knew was it was bad... so I stayed at my window. I wasn't a "witness" as such to what had actually taken place, so I didn't have to answer any questions or calls. Brightest Blessings.
@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
15 May 09
How horrible! What a terrible thing to see. I probably would've been rooted too. Did you have nightmares after - I had one after the accident, but my dream I was on the other side and could see the train hitting the truck from that side. I think its because I used to drive that road all the time and had visualized it so many times.
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@Darkwing (21590)
16 May 09
No, I didn't have nightmares afterwards because I wasn't close enough to see what the injuries were. I couldn't bring myself to even go down there to offer help, but there were lots of other people there, and I'm sure they didn't need anybody else. To tell the honest truth, I probably would have been as sick as anything had I gone closer.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
6 May 09
Geez! This is the sort of thing people have recurring nightmares about! Good thing that guy in the truck wasn't hurt. What was he thinking stopping so close?
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
6 May 09
I haven't got a clue. I saw the lights flashing, but he said they weren't, and maybe they weren't when he stalled there.... I will say that it was a bright, glarey afternoon and they were hard to see.
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@BarBaraPrz (17286)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 May 09
Thankfully, I have not witnessed such a collision, and hope not to in the future.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
2 May 09
It was very scary - and yes, I was talking to myself - aloud, I do that sometimes
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