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A lesson on trains, courtesy of BNSF Railway

GasBuddy Blog -- Earlier this year several law enforcement officers in S. Dakota were riding on a freight train as part of a training exercise when they saw a pickup truck ignore the flashing lights at a railroad crossing and drive right over the tracks.

According to the Aberdeen News, the driver was immediately pulled over by the Aberdeen police. The officers on the train were amused somewhat by the stupidity they witnessed; that someone would try to cross the tracks while a train was appproaching, but they also saw how often people ignore basic railroad safety.

Additionally, they saw how stressful it is for train conductors to watch people consistently making poor decisions.

BNSF Railway hosted the "Officer on the Train...


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flagtown25
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:43:09 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 5:02:44 PM

Great article. It always amazes me how stupid people can be when driving.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:52:59 AM

You had to mention bicycle riders. Now you've gotten me started. How many times do I see a bicycle rider IGNORE the rules of the road? 95% of the bicycle riders I see on a day to day basis, ignore the rules of the road, and that includes running through a red stop light without even slowing down, weaving between cars that are stopped at a stoplight, and changing from the roadway bike lane to the sidewalk whenever it is convenient for them and regardless of pedestrian traffic. I could go on but you get my drift. If someone wants to ride a bicycle then obey the rules of the road. And when are local governments going to start licensing bicyclists? You have a license to ride a bicycle and you disobey the law, now you can be given a ticket and enjoy your time in court!
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 11:32:20 PM

I remember stopping at a crossing one day (gates down, lights flashing) when a couple of customers suggested I run the crossing. Two seconds later a train ran through the intersection at high speed.

Needless to say, my customers were stunned.

I turned to them and said "And that's why I don't cross gated crossings." They had nothing to say to that.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 11:36:51 AM

FANTASTIC article. It is refreshing to see local law enforcement being proactive instead of reactive. This needs to happen more often.
Have A RailSafe Day…
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 3:42:33 AM

Trains win!
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 6:48:53 AM

Rail crossings have flashing red lights which are the same as a stop sign.

How does BNSF feel about "Quiet Zones"? Suburbs all around Chicago are enacting quiet zones that prevent trains from sounding their horns at crossings except in case of an emergency. Judging by what these people saw at crossings, it seems that the engineer should be allowed to use all the tools at his disposal to ensure safe travel.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:35:31 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:58:14 AM

Time will tell
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:35:09 AM

Wow
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:32:21 AM

try and beat the train game. if you lose, you are out of the gene pool and 1/2 to 3/4 miles down the track. helps get rid of the stupid drivers.

UNITED WE STAND
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:22:02 AM

"Flashing yellow lights at a railroad crossing are equivalent to a stop sign, meaning a driver must come to a full stop and look both ways before proceeding. But during this exercise, police said car drivers treated them as if they were 'yield' signs, slowing down briefly and then speeding up when they felt the train was far enough away."

I thought train track crossing warning lights were all red, not yellow...
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Tell them till they get it.........we got it
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:20:32 AM

Everyone is in a rush. There should be no grade crossings - they should all be under- or overpasses. More expensive to build but, in the long run lower "cost" in terms of lives & property.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:20:10 AM

Old. Need new headline stories.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:20:03 AM

Repeated 3 days in a row... not good.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:19:54 AM

very old news
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:19:41 AM

Lesson 1) keep eye out for train
Lesson 2) if lesson 1 is ignore. decomposition when you are dead. THE END.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:18:53 AM

:/
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:17:20 AM

The truck driver was probably a cop.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:16:37 AM

Would be pretty scary to be a conductor some days.
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Would be pretty scary to be a conductor some days.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:15:30 AM

This was up a few days ago.
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RRXing
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old old old.
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Darwin.
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Laws of Physics rule.
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ok
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Fools.......
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good training
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Old News
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The train it won't stop going no way to slow down - Jethro Tull
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Car + train = crunch. That math hasn't changed.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:05:22 AM

Old News from a couple of weeks ago
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It will only reduce the heard of the stupid and the weak - making the rest of us better!
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Agreed black_wagon.
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I think we have got the message.
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New article please and this time make it more relavent to this website
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:01:52 AM

Never argue with a train.
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Old news. Time to change this article.
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We need to ask president Obama to work his change magic on these GasBuddy articles that seldom disappear.
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HA!
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Go to youtube and watch those who weren't lucky to escape with just a ticket
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oLD NEWS. gAS PRICES???
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 7:58:40 AM

Mount rocket launchers on the locomotive and blast those who ignore crossing signals far enough ahead that train engineers don't have to see their faces as they die, as they do now.
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Wow! Gas buddy can't take the time to write a new article?
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this is still around???Why?!
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 7:57:56 AM

Third time around but stop at grade crossings and stop, look, and listen.
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