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Saturday, October 16, 2021

A dramatic video captured the moment an Amtrak train slammed into a semi-truck hauling several cars in Oklahoma, sending vehicles and debris flying and injuring several people on board.

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* Update the accident was train versus Car hauler semi. There were some injured passengers on the train, and the driver of the semi and his dog are shaken up but everyone is alive. ...
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there was a clear winner.....

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-10-16 03:56 PM | Reply

There's a similar hump in the road at a railroad crossing in a town where I like to ride my bicycle, West Redding, CT[1]. That hump was bad enough that some passenger-type vehicles had issues with it scraping the underside of the vehicle. But that back road is not at all suitable for anything larger than a UPS delivery truck.

That RR crossing was recently redesigned and redone. Now it is a lot better.

I can only imagine the "oh s**t" moment when the rig driver realized the predicament his rig was in. Fortunately he was able to get out of the cab. Unfortunately, some on the train were not so fortunate.

1 - intersection of Side Cut Rd, Long Ridge Rd, and Simpaug Turnpike in West Redding, CT. (note that the use of the word "turnpike" in this area of Connecticut dates back to colonial times. Turnpikes are often narrow two-lane back roads that may or may not have a yellow line down the middle. Essentially, old cow paths that have been paved.)

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-16 07:34 PM | Reply

It slices. It dices. The all new Amtrak Crash For Clunkers campaign is now in full force.
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#3 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-10-17 02:30 AM | Reply

There's a similar crossing in Ft. Lauderdale on a major thoroughfare headed to downtown. (Read: rush hour traffic) It's not uncommon for drivers in a hurry to try and beat the train. Or, worse yet, if it's a double set of tracks, like the one in Ft. Lauderdale, there could be another train coming from the other direction.

Usually they make it across safely. Some don't. They don't seem to be aware that a train can't stop on a dime. At least that's the excuse they use when they try to blame the engineer of the train for not giving them leeway.

There's a lot of case history at that Ft. Lauderdale crossing. For some strange reason, flashing light, bells, train whistles and gates are a cue to step on the gas for some people.

Believe it or not I've had drivers behind me honking their horns for me to make a dash for it so they can do the same. I've gotten the middle finger a time or two.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-17 04:37 AM | Reply

If it's FL, TWINPAC, the only surprise is missing the sight of a driver floating across several lanes of traffic to get to whatever cheeseball grabbed their attention before meeting up with Casey Jones driving that train. The other day brought an unusual treat: some driver trying to execute a u-turn on I-95 (not allowed) with traffic whistling both ways. The scene had that weird fascination people describe when watching a jumper standing on a skyscraper ledge.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-10-17 08:41 AM | Reply

DOC

You couldn't be more correct.

I travel I-95 on occasion. It takes a great deal of skill and undivided concentration. Not as bad as Atlanta but nonetheless a flirtation with death.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-17 01:39 PM | Reply

I like the last second HONK! HONK! As if that was going to do anything.

#7 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-10-17 02:03 PM | Reply

#6
ATL, only going through and for which timing appears to be all. Well, that and Dashboard Jesus.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-10-17 02:15 PM | Reply

Yep. Typical Okie, with no self awareness or thought given to his actions and potential consequences. I'm glad the dog is OK, but the driver should never be allowed behind the wheel again ...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2021-10-17 03:36 PM | Reply

DOC

Yeah, I know. Been there, done that. 80 mpr, 16 lanes of pinwheel on-ramp/off ramps, 18-wheelers and a blinding rain storm. Bad timing. ~ LOL

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-17 09:26 PM | Reply

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