Freight train strikes stuck semi, pushes it two blocks down the tracks
According to the back of the cab of the truck they’re hiring CDL drivers!
Step Deck High Centered On Tracks Struck By BNSF Freight Train
Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by mjd4277, Jan 25, 2023.
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I would think being stuck on the tracks for 6 minutes would be enough time to call 911 or the number on the crossing to get the train stopped? Wonder if he called either?Phoenix Heavy Haul, tscottme and ducnut Thank this.
Pulling something low (Low Boy. Get it?), would mean being conscious of ground clearance. But, common sense isn’t very common, anymore.
There is a “1-800” number on all the crossing equipment, at every RR crossing. Don’t call 911. Call that number!!!
A typical freight train would only take 2mi to stop, at 60mph. A mile per minute would mean the train WAS ~6mi away. Plenty of time, if the number would’ve been called.
Time is of the essence, though. Gotta’ hustle and not panic, in these situations.Coover, Crude Truckin' and tscottme Thank this.
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This is why I always carry my deck low. Just in case…I got some room to lift up my trailer.
Obviously this guy didn’t have that luxury.YardMule89 and Crude Truckin' Thank this.
Here is another crossing in Wingate NC that has had 20 of these collisions in the last couple of years, including 2 this week:
Train and tractor-trailer collide in Wingate for second time in a week
All the signs in the world are not going to help if you are unable to read and understand the English language.mjd4277, tscottme and drvrtech77 Thank this.
They are extremely courteous and competent, but who you are talking to is a RR dispatching service that works for many railroads in a given geographic area. When you give them the crossing number, they then know which RR and location the problem is at. that alone can take 2-3 minutes, depending on how busy they are.
They in turn have to call the actual RR dispatchers, who in turn have to get a hold of the train crew to initiate an emergency stop.
BTW. Any emergency stop warranted or not can itself initiate a derailment. I have a close friend who retired from the FRA(Federal Railroad Administration) who is a goldmine of information in the topic.
Just like calling a 911 call center, those operators get so many calls that are not emergency related, they have to spend some time "qualifying" the call.
So things are not going to move nearly as fast as you think. Otherwise they would roll emergency equipment to pick up a pizza....
Ask any emergency responders how many "frequent flyers" they get via the 911 calls that are unnecessary.