Saturday, October 16, 2021

Video of a Dangerous, and Avoidable, Amtrak Crash

This has been a bad week for train accidents. 

The blue arrow points to the crossings' signal box, which I'll come back to in a moment.

A reminder:  If you observe a car or truck stopped on the tracks or other irregularity, call the number on the crossing's signal box immediately. This goes to the railroad and it is the fastest way to get trains stopped. Then, call 9-1-1.

If a crash cannot be avoided, get away from the tracks first then, if possible, run in the direction from which the train is coming (while staying well away from the tracks). That way, any debris from the crash will be carried away from you. 

Earlier this week, a Chicago man pulled a man in distress away from a car stuck on the tracks. I appreciate the Chicago man's heroism in pulling the man to safety. Video is below. 

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