Something like that happened in Congers, New York in March 1972 - but the
school bus failed to stop for the level crossing; 6 kids on the school bus
were killed. An August 1973 Reader's Digest article described the accident
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Both of these involved transport trucks. But even scarier to me is the
prospect of a school bus stopping per the law at a public crossing, then
accelerating over the crossing and being struck by a train that has happened
on the crossing circuit just as the bus fouls it.
Or on an unprotected crossing at the foot of a hill over which the
approaching train gives the required twenty seconds' 14L whistle signal
which is not enough time for an accelerating school bus to clear it. One of
these crossings is on a shortline two blocks from my house--and a school bus
uses it on weekday mornings.
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