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Dozens hurt in train, truck crash in Copiah

There are 5 comments on the The Clarion-Ledger story from May 27, 2008, titled Dozens hurt in train, truck crash in Copiah. In it, The Clarion-Ledger reports that:

Emergency officials are responding to reports that an Amtrak train and a vehicle have collided north of Crystal Springs.

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Another unnecessary Wreck

New Orleans, LA

#1 May 27, 2008
Drivers.... railroad tracks are for trains! We have all learned this. Streets are for vehicles. We dont walk across the street without looking so why do drivers cross tracks without looking. Not only do you risk yourself and your passengers' lives, you also rish the lives of those people on the trains. Wake up America! STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN for everyones' sake...

Collinsville, MS

#2 May 28, 2008
I know the intersection where the accident happened very well. Not only are there railroad tracks but also another road intersecting. The roadway is not well defined. This is a rural area. The small community of folks that cross these tracks have only one way in and out. With the exception of the intersection itself, heavy vegetation lines the tracks. It's a straight section or tracks. The train is moving fast through this area. If a train was moving at 80 could look left, right and left again......and the Amtrak City of New Orleans would be on top of you. I would not to be so fast to blame the driver of the garbage truck. This intersection needs lights and gates.

Since: Jun 08

Montgomery, AL

#3 Jun 25, 2008
Agreed, Katfud: "Stop, Look and Listen" is sage advice, but it isn't adequate. Whatever happened to Operation Lifesaver? The legitimate capital and maintenance costs of gating a grade crossing is minuscule!
As to "80 MPH," the FRA is supposedly getting better at enforcing speed limits, though Amtrak is the administration's fair-haired child.
Trains are supposed to signal their approach to crossings at grade; around here, that signal is two long blasts on the train's horn, followed by one short blast, followed by one long blast:
"Hooooonk, Hooooonk, Honk, Hooooonk"
We need gated crossings, and we need people to understand that "STOP, LOOK and LISTEN" is only good enough in a perfect, imaginary world: in the real world, we need alarms and signals.

Collinsville, MS

#4 Jun 26, 2008
It is interesting to note that a man was killed at this crossing a few years back. Just north of this intersection is another road crossing the tracks that doesn't even have railroad signs. I propose that once a life has been lost at a road/rail crossing.....gates a lights should become mandatory. It is unfortunate that such measures require a loss of life before action is suggested.

Hattiesburg, MS

#5 Oct 1, 2015
I've thought about this and lots of other problems since my earlier post. There is no good reason whatsoever for us to have at-grade railroad crossings in this country; to wit:

"It's always been done this way," is just another way of saying, "I know it's bad, but I don't care."

"It's cheaper this way," is just another way for short-sighted people to say that short-term financial savings outweigh any and all future savings, gains from increased commercial efficiency, and lives that will be lost to the old-school paradigm.

One way to do this is to build many tens of thousands of bridges: that's the wrong way. The right way is the Vision2020 plan articulated by Jesse Ragland. It's a HUGE infrastructure project (basically re-building the country over a period of several decades), but it's the best way.

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