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    Idiot tries to "beat" train. Laws of physics take over

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    Why aren't the crossing signal lights blinking, and why wasn't the crossing guard arm down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Why aren't the crossing signal lights blinking, and why wasn't the crossing guard arm down?
    I see (admittedly faint) lights on at 1m30, but it doesn't appear there is a crossing guard.

    That's common for backwater crossings.

    In cities and other high-traffic crossings, crossbars are not sufficient. You need steel/concrete pylons that rise out of the road, or steel barricades that can lie flat on the road and rise.

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    One can notice how per the timer on the second video that it takes a full minute for the train to stop in an emergency situation.

    That alone tells you how much power you're dealing with and how essential it is to idiot proof high-traffic crossings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    [size=3][font=Georgia]I see (admittedly faint) lights on at 1m30, but it doesn't appear there is a crossing guard. ...
    In the first video, you can clearly see the crossing sign on the right for a solid 10-15 seconds. They don't appear to be on at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    In the first video, you can clearly see the crossing sign on the right for a solid 10-15 seconds. They don't appear to be on at all.
    Yet you can hear the alarm bell, and I see the lights in the second video. I think the quality/lighting of the first video masks the lights, which probably aren't bright enough anyway.

    The question at hand is not "Whose fault is this?" It's the driver's fault. It's always the driver's fault when a train sounds its horn at least five seconds out.

    That's a loud horn, you're only not going to hear it if you're blaring your radio, which you shouldn't do to the point of muffling outside sound anyway.

    We simply need to think about how to save lives, both stupid drivers and innocent passengers.

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    I had a childhood friend, try this when I was young, he was on a bicycle. horrifying day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Why aren't the crossing signal lights blinking, and why wasn't the crossing guard arm down?
    Perhaps the question you should be asking is why didn't the driver take the proper precaution when approaching a RR crossing as ANYONE who has read a driving instruction book, or were taught in a (mandatory) drivers school, or has taken a drivers license test would know about.

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    Idiot tries to "beat" train. Laws of physics take over

    This is true - and I was watching the video at work without audio. Yes - drivers should slow down before approaching a train crossing, no matter what. But if they are going to install warning lights, they should be maintained and functional.

    I hold that in the first video, they aren't "dim." They're off.

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