Chesterton, Indiana – May 1, 2018 (Chicago Tribune) According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, a woman was hurt in a collision between her car and an Amtrak train. The crash occurred after the woman drove around the railroad crossing gates, which had lowered before she arrived at the intersection. She was trying to cross the tracks before the train arrived.
The thirty-year-old woman who was driving the car was delivering a pizza when the accident occurred. The train struck the rear passenger side portion of her car at seventy miles per hour. A witness helped the woman escape from the wrecked vehicle, which was leaking gasoline. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of back, neck, and leg pain. No other people reported injuries in connection with the crash.
Collisions between automobiles and trains often happen at intersections where roads and railroad tracks cross. Some railroad crossings, such as the one described above, have gates or arms that lower when a train is approaching to prevent vehicles from crossing the tracks at that time. These crossings are more effective at preventing collisions between trains and cars than crossings that have flashing lights, but no gates or arms. However, the accident described above illustrates that railroad crossings with gates or arms do not always prevent crashes. Driver behavior can also reduce or increase the risk of a crash. If a driver attempts to maneuver their car around the crossing gates when the gates are down, the car is likely to be hit by an oncoming train. Also, drivers who approach crossings too fast may not notice flashing lights or crossing gates and may fail to avoid a collision with the oncoming train.
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