Day: Sunday, September 17, 2006

Train vs. Truck Video

I don’t mean to make light of the video I posted yesterday showing a CRST truck crossing against a flashing red railroad crossing in Chicago. In light of the seriousness of the crash, I understand why DOT stiffened the penalties for railroad crossing violations.

I wonder what the driver of the truck was thinking? I wonder if he was pre-occupied with tuning his radio or just zoned out. I can’t imagine crossing a railroad crossing without looking both ways. It’s almost as being a child crossing a street. We were all taught to look both ways before crossing. The crossing guard may not have been working, but it is still always a good idea to look for any oncoming train. It was very fortunate that the truck was apparently empty. I am not sure what would have happened if the truck was loaded with a heavy load or hazmat. Would a light commuter train faired as well? There are always a lot of “what if’s”. I am thankful that no one was seriously injured in this train wreck.

If the driver of the CRST truck is still employed as a CDL driver, I hope that he or she learned their lesson. Never underestimate the power of a fully loaded locomotive and never try to outrun a train in a big truck, or any vehicle for that matter.

It would have made life a little easier for that driver if they would have at least looked for a train coming. No load is worth a life. The ultimate moral of the story is that this truck never made it to the shipper, it never did pick up it’s load. It’s better to be a few minutes late than not showing up at all.