Train Strikes Car at Gainesville Rail...

Train Strikes Car at Gainesville Railroad Crossing

There are 28 comments on the Patch.com story from Dec 19, 2012, titled Train Strikes Car at Gainesville Railroad Crossing. In it, Patch.com reports that:

Lee Highway in western Prince William County is closed after a train struck a car on the railroad tracks, according to Prince William County Police reports.

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train suv accident

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 22, 2012
I was waiting in front of the tracks to safely cross over, when I was sideswiped by the train. I was totally blindsided with no warning: flashing lights, horns, lights or bells.

I was NOT on the tracks. If I had been on the tracks, my car would have been destroyed and I would be dead. There were also two cars behind me, so I could not back up. There have been at least three accidents here in the last year. Others mentioned the gate did not come down. Maybe you should contact the other drivers and witnesses and ask.
Sonnyboylethalst ein

Haymarket, VA

#2 Dec 22, 2012
train suv accident wrote:
I was waiting in front of the tracks to safely cross over, when I was sideswiped by the train. I was totally blindsided with no warning: flashing lights, horns, lights or bells.
I was NOT on the tracks. If I had been on the tracks, my car would have been destroyed and I would be dead. There were also two cars behind me, so I could not back up. There have been at least three accidents here in the last year. Others mentioned the gate did not come down. Maybe you should contact the other drivers and witnesses and ask.
So you were close enough to the tracks that the train was able to hit your car. And the "no stopping zone" in clearly marked with big diagonal white lines at least 50 feet before and after the tracks. And there is a big illuminated sign that tells everyone not to stop there. And the cops have been giving out tickets for weeks to people who move out and stop there in that zone, instead of waiting for it to be clear.

You, sir, are an idiot!
Pat

Taylorsville, NC

#3 Dec 22, 2012
Your own fault. You should bear the total cost of being stupid.
Monkey boy

Taylorsville, NC

#4 Dec 22, 2012
Were you drunk???
RAIL KING 38

Gate City, VA

#5 Dec 22, 2012
THE REASON YOU DID NOT SEE LIGHTS AND GATES IS BECAUSE YOU WERE BEYOND THEM . DONT BLAME OTHER S FOR YOUR MISTAKES .THE FACT THAT YOUR STILL ALIVE IS BY THE GRACE OF GOD .I WAS THERE, YOU MADE A MISTAKE . LEARN FROM IT ..
not dead

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 22, 2012
RAIL KING 38 wrote:
THE REASON YOU DID NOT SEE LIGHTS AND GATES IS BECAUSE YOU WERE BEYOND THEM . DONT BLAME OTHER S FOR YOUR MISTAKES .THE FACT THAT YOUR STILL ALIVE IS BY THE GRACE OF GOD .I WAS THERE, YOU MADE A MISTAKE . LEARN FROM IT ..


Have you seen how far from the tracks the gate with the flashing warning light is? I followed traffic through when the gate was up and clear and two other cars followed me. I was waiting in front of the tracks to safely cross over. We did not disregard the sign that says "Stop here with an arrow pointing down at a line on the ground when flashing". When we passed the sign it was not flashing and it was safe to proceed.

The other movable flashing sign is 700 feet in front of the crossing. It just says train tracks 700 feet ahead.

I was proceeding at a slow speed following the cars in front of me. I stopped before the tracks to wait for clear access to cross over the tracks. I was not on the tracks, when I was struck by the train. The flashing light gate needs to be closer to the tracks, so cars do not cross it and get caught. On the other traffic side the gate is about 15 feet from the tracks. Why is it so far on the the other side? It allows traffic to pass through with a false sense of safety.
RAIL KING 38

Gate City, VA

#7 Dec 22, 2012
I HAVE . THOSE WHITE LINES ARE CALLED THE BOX . YOU SHOULD STOP THERE UNTIL YOU CAN CLEAR BOTH BOXES NOT FOLLOW TRAFFIC TO TRACKS .I BELIEVE THE TWO VEHICLES BEHIND YOU RECIEVED CITATIONS ALLSO FOR BEING IN THE BOX.
Sonnyboylethalst ein

Haymarket, VA

#8 Dec 22, 2012
not dead wrote:
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Have you seen how far from the tracks the gate with the flashing warning light is? I followed traffic through when the gate was up and clear and two other cars followed me. I was waiting in front of the tracks to safely cross over. We did not disregard the sign that says "Stop here with an arrow pointing down at a line on the ground when flashing". When we passed the sign it was not flashing and it was safe to proceed.
The other movable flashing sign is 700 feet in front of the crossing. It just says train tracks 700 feet ahead.
I was proceeding at a slow speed following the cars in front of me. I stopped before the tracks to wait for clear access to cross over the tracks. I was not on the tracks, when I was struck by the train. The flashing light gate needs to be closer to the tracks, so cars do not cross it and get caught. On the other traffic side the gate is about 15 feet from the tracks. Why is it so far on the the other side? It allows traffic to pass through with a false sense of safety.
Again...you are an idiot! You're supposed to wait until the area in front of you is clear enough that you can completely cross over the entire white hatched area on the other side of the tracks. If you can't do that, you wait in the roadway until the hatched area is clear. You don't just blindly follow the cars in front of you and hope that your car doesn't end up in the path of the train. Gheesh!

The reason the "no stopping" zone is so long is because of the angle that the tracks cross the road.
Pat

Washington, DC

#9 Dec 23, 2012
Take responsibility for your own actions. Do not blame the signs, lines, lights, gates, etc. Thousands of people do this correctly every day. You did not.

You should lose your drivers license.
You should have to pay for the damage to the train.
You should have to pay for the police and emergency response.
You are a danger to all other drivers.
Pat is correct

Clinton, MD

#10 Dec 23, 2012
I bet you are one of those idiots who block intersections because you get caught when the light changes.
Moron.
internet

New Britain, CT

#11 Dec 24, 2012
Let me guess, you're a trophy wife and/or a soccer mom, driving an SUV and on your way back from spending half of your husband's paycheck in beautiful NoVA. You obtained your driver's license because you cried hard enough that the road test instructor felt bad for you. Now you blame all of life's problems on inanimate objects. Damn trains that won't stop on a dime in order to let you go first.
Karla

Gainesville, VA

#12 Dec 24, 2012
internet wrote:
Let me guess, you're a trophy wife and/or a soccer mom, driving an SUV and on your way back from spending half of your husband's paycheck in beautiful NoVA. You obtained your driver's license because you cried hard enough that the road test instructor felt bad for you. Now you blame all of life's problems on inanimate objects. Damn trains that won't stop on a dime in order to let you go first.
If you wanted folks to know hot rich chicks reject you, you did.
Gainesville Mom

Marietta, GA

#13 Dec 25, 2012
Gainesville Mom

Marietta, GA

#14 Dec 25, 2012
Meant to add o the link above, that I'm glad they charged her for causing the accident in an unsafe manor and the other 2 for disregarding the white "don't stop here" lines.
Christine

Silver Spring, MD

#15 Dec 25, 2012
You and others like you are the cause of too many 'accidents'. Not paying attention, expecting everyone else to yield to you, expecting everyone else to do things for you.

Things like this probably happen to you all the time. YOU are the problem. Take responsibility for your own actions. Stop causing problems for yourself and for others.

Next time you may kill someone and you will not accept your responsibility for that either.
Millie

Silver Spring, MD

#16 Dec 25, 2012
Gates, flashing lights, bells, road lines. All there to keep you from being stupid and you missed everything.
You should have to compensate the hundreds of people you inconvienced because you we're so stupid.
You should lose your license to drive
Train pain

Alexandria, VA

#17 Dec 25, 2012
Although this individual driver made a mistake its hard to deny...the fact is that the stopping points before and after the train do have a negligent design. They could use lights, better markings and preventative barriers not allowing stoppage at the danger points.

Secondly the left from lee highway over the train tracks down the road to haymarket is narrow and also poorly constructed.

Couple all of these facts, with a congested area and a lawyer could use the frequency of accidents, the poor security safeguards (you have to assume people are ill-informed the lowest common denominator) and Prince WIlliam County has seriously set the community and the train company up for lawsuits.

The architect of that design should have his license revoked.---
Christine

Taylorsville, NC

#18 Dec 28, 2012
Train pain wrote:
Although this individual driver made a mistake its hard to deny...the fact is that the stopping points before and after the train do have a negligent design. They could use lights, better markings and preventative barriers not allowing stoppage at the danger points.
Secondly the left from lee highway over the train tracks down the road to haymarket is narrow and also poorly constructed.
Couple all of these facts, with a congested area and a lawyer could use the frequency of accidents, the poor security safeguards (you have to assume people are ill-informed the lowest common denominator) and Prince WIlliam County has seriously set the community and the train company up for lawsuits.
The architect of that design should have his license revoked.---
Maybe we should have the police stationed at every railroad crossing to keep people like the original dumb driver and you from getting yourself in trouble. Lights, gates, signs, lines on the road and cars stopped all around is not enough?
People like you make excuses for everything and look for ways to blame someone else for your mistakes.
GvilleMama

Gainesville, VA

#19 Dec 28, 2012
I did see an unmarked police car at the RR crossing this afternoon. It is sad we have to have a cop look for dummies on or near the tracks.
GoodDriver

Troy, MI

#20 Dec 28, 2012
train suv accident wrote:
I was waiting in front of the tracks to safely cross over, when I was sideswiped by the train. I was totally blindsided with no warning: flashing lights, horns, lights or bells.
I was NOT on the tracks. If I had been on the tracks, my car would have been destroyed and I would be dead. There were also two cars behind me, so I could not back up. There have been at least three accidents here in the last year. Others mentioned the gate did not come down. Maybe you should contact the other drivers and witnesses and ask.
I'm sure you're the type who sees construction signs saying left lane is closed in 2 miles, and waits until it runs out then you cut off everyone who is obeying the common sense rule of the road. Quit your whining dumb ass!

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