I was trying to get some statistics on what causes the various railroad crossing accidents so Ityped this into google:
causes for railroad crossing accidents
Guess what most of the hits on the first two pages were - law firms trying to drum up business.
On 2013-04-15, at 4:42 PM, James wrote:
> It's from:
> - Vehicles and pedestrians crossing at locations where there aren't grade crossing signals
> - Pedestrians trespassing away from crossings
> - Vehicles and pedestrians that go around lowered gates, or when lights are flashing and get hit by trains on a second track
> - Vehicles and pedestrians that try to beat the train to the crossing
> - Vehicles and pedestrians that enter the track at the last second to commit suicide.
> --- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@yahoogroups.com, Knut <knut@...> wrote:
> > Does that mean that the 3000+ collisions and hundreds of deaths at railroad crossings in the US each year are due to vehicles that became disabled and stuck on the crossing?
> > That would mean that a "trapped vehicle" sensor could reduce the number of collisions and deaths significantly.
> > This is really where this discussion started.
> > Knut
> > -------------------
> > On 2013-04-15, at 2:09 PM, James wrote:
> > > The time from the start of the flashing lights until the crossing is occupied by the train is typically 25 seconds. The gates don't start to move down for four seconds after the crossing lights start flashing.
> > >
> > > If a tandem truck just starts across the crossing as the circuit starts to operate, it only has to average 5 km/h to completely clear a double-track crossing. That's barely walking speed, and easily accomplished.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
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