Iowa man hit on tracks

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A Waverly, IA man came to a railroad crossing in his vehicle and, neither seeing nor hearing a train (and being prevented by no gate or light), proceeded to cross the track. Sound reasonable? We think so too. There was in fact a train coming, however, and the broadside of his car was struck by the train, inflicting injuries on the man and destroying the vehicle.

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Teen killed at tracks, couldn’t hear train

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A Ventura County, CA teen was killed Tuesday while walking on railroad tracks near Emma Wood State Beach. Amanda Shoemaker was not alone on the tracks – she was walking with her boyfriend, and several other teens were behind them. Shoemaker and her boyfriend did not hear the train coming. One of the teens who did ran to them and yelled at them to get off of the tracks. Shoemaker’s boyfriend was able to jump off of the tracks in time, while she was not. She died from multiple blunt-force injuries.

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Pennsylvania’s top court upholds rail crossing decision

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Lebanon and North Lebanon Township appealed a decision requiring them to pay for a crossing gate at a problematic crossing which has been the site of several deadly vehicle-train collisions. Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the appeal, to the shock of the two municipalities’ officials. Norfolk Southern denied that they had any responsibility to pay for crossing gates (historical amnesia? logical blunder? creative corporate ploy? – likely a mix of all three). The decision might prove significant for Pennsylvania.

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Metrolink plans for safety improvements

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The tragic Metrolink crash in Chatsworth prompted several officials to wake up to the serious and real safety issues present in the railroad industry. While most railroad companies have yet to lift a finger, safety changes and legislation are in the making. Given a history of false promises and repeated dodging of the issues on the part of railroad companies, promises of safety improvements are only to be taken seriously if steps are taken that are realistic and concrete yet extreme enough to actually help bring about change.

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Responsibilities at crossings?

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A dangerous crossing in Brewton, AL has prompted a lot of confusion about just whose responsibility it is to implement adequate safety devices at a crossing. A study in 2006 concluded that safety devices at the crossing could prove crucial to saving lives. Three years later, just two weeks ago, a deadly collision between a log truck and a CSX train caused thousands of dollars in damage. Now the town is left wondering why no one bothered to build the safety devices after 3 years.

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