Sheriff vs Train: Guess the Winner

I've spoken with train crews and they universally dread coming into an intersection seconds after another train clears it. 

That dread turned to reality in 2023 when two sheriff's cars illegally went around lowered crossing gates as the first train cleared an intersection. The first car was promptly struck by the second train with the second stopping just short. You can see the gates were down in the image below.
The deputy suffered numerous broken bones but has made a full recovery. 

Crossing protection systems are pretty sophisticated these days and the gates do not stay down unless there is a second train approaching. Never go around them. 


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