Freight train crash delays Metra runs -- Health and Safety at S...

There are 20 comments on the May 30, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Freight train crash delays Metra runs -- Health and Safety at S.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Metra trains along the North Central Service line to Antioch were delayed Friday morning after a freight train struck a vehicle at a street-level crossing in Lake County, authorities said.

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Depot Jim

Winnetka, IL

#1 May 30, 2008
Another idiot probably drove around the gates. Some drivers will never learn that trains cannot stop on a dime.
Bill-Elgin

Elgin, IL

#4 May 30, 2008
Probably one of those "quiet zones" where the train was not allowed to blow it's horn.
Despot Jim

North Chicago, IL

#5 May 30, 2008
If I'm not mistaken, on this rail line, the trains are no longer required to sound a horn when approaching a crossing. I wouldn't be surprised if the driver uses this as an excuse for the incident. Then it's only a matter of time until the horns are used at all hours of the day and night.
Bill Slaughter

Chicago, IL

#6 May 30, 2008
This article leaves me wondering when it happened?

Seems the writer forgot at least one of the W's.
Katy

San Francisco, CA

#7 May 30, 2008
This seems to be happening every day - a train hits a car or person. I ride Metra and have been late for work or late to pick up my kids so many times...I call in and say "my train is delayed again"...PLEASE be careful!
More Facts

Waukegan, IL

#8 May 30, 2008
Despot Jim wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, on this rail line, the trains are no longer required to sound a horn when approaching a crossing. I wouldn't be surprised if the driver uses this as an excuse for the incident. Then it's only a matter of time until the horns are used at all hours of the day and night.
Train horns were designed to warn people. Only in todays society will peopel whine enough about something that is designed for their saftey. It may inconvience you, but it may save someone elses life. Quit whinning and being so self centered. This is why our society is the way it is, because people only think about themselves.

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#9 May 30, 2008
Promises Promises wrote:
Since people are so careless and stupid, we need more federal dollars to construct and maintain grade separation facilities. The tracks are everywhere in Chicagoland.
In the city, all tracks are grade separated, except for a few local sidings. Some current grade crossing were not part of Chicago when the railroads were being built.
PEOPLE R NUTS

Chicago, IL

#10 May 30, 2008
ok ... am I missing something? Was there or was there not anyone in the vehicle? Hard to believe that bit of info was left out...
Edward

Girard, OH

#11 May 30, 2008
Promises Promises wrote:
Since people are so careless and stupid, we need more federal dollars to construct and maintain grade separation facilities. The tracks are everywhere in Chicagoland.
Now that is stupid. These people NEED to be eliminated. It keeps the gene pool strong.
2bit

Lombard, IL

#12 May 30, 2008
Promises Promises wrote:
Since people are so careless and stupid, we need more federal dollars to construct and maintain grade separation facilities. The tracks are everywhere in Chicagoland.
Those are not federal dollars, they are OUR dollars. I for one do not think I should pay another freakin cent for any moron.They likely had a public education that WE paid for. If they didnt use it too bad so sad, I'm done paying BS money. And I'm sure some BS expensive study will show that I am not alone.
2bit

Lombard, IL

#13 May 30, 2008
ENGLISH READING AND WRITING BEFROE YOU CAN BE ISSUED A DRIVERS LICENSE.
Have you ever driven in a foriegn country, very difficult to navigate and drive normal isnt it?
Well that is what many many "americans" are doing right now, driving in a foriegn country where that cant even read a street sign. If you say make the signs bilingual... see my last post.
Paul

Girard, OH

#14 May 30, 2008
2bit wrote:
ENGLISH READING AND WRITING BEFROE YOU CAN BE ISSUED A DRIVERS LICENSE.
Have you ever driven in a foriegn country, very difficult to navigate and drive normal isnt it?
Well that is what many many "americans" are doing right now, driving in a foriegn country where that cant even read a street sign. If you say make the signs bilingual... see my last post.
Does that include spelling? If so we are taking your license away from you.
Bob

Mokena, IL

#15 May 30, 2008
Are you ok? Seems like the paranoia is getting to you. Did the Klan meeting let out early?
2bit wrote:
ENGLISH READING AND WRITING BEFROE YOU CAN BE ISSUED A DRIVERS LICENSE.
Have you ever driven in a foriegn country, very difficult to navigate and drive normal isnt it?
Well that is what many many "americans" are doing right now, driving in a foriegn country where that cant even read a street sign. If you say make the signs bilingual... see my last post.
Paul

Girard, OH

#16 May 30, 2008
Too stupid to live
2bit

Lombard, IL

#17 May 30, 2008
Paul wrote:
<quoted text>Does that include spelling? If so we are taking your license away from you.
Nope doesnt include spelling.
2bit

Lombard, IL

#18 May 30, 2008
Bob wrote:
Are you ok? Seems like the paranoia is getting to you. Did the Klan meeting let out early?
<quoted text>
Thanks I'm fine.
So I'm racist because I think a good driver should be able to read and understand road signs longer than just passing the test??
And paranoid, I dont see how that fits and dont care to.
Bill-Elgin

Elgin, IL

#19 May 30, 2008
2bit wrote:
<quoted text>
Those are not federal dollars, they are OUR dollars.
They are dollars paid to the federal government by people in Illinois. Several BILLION of those dollars approved for Illinois highways are about to go to other states because Blago gave the state matching funds,(ALSO our money) to the CTA!
SGResident

Brooklyn, NY

#20 May 30, 2008
Saturday I was sitting at 173 by rt 83 in Antioch and the railroad crossings were down. The guy behind me was honking his horn, yelling at me to go around the crossing. I put my car in park and turned it off - by the time I had done that the frieght train came right through - why are people in such a rush that they would jeopardize themselves or others - what an idiot. Pay attn to the signs people, they are there for a reason.
midwest rail

North Aurora, IL

#21 May 30, 2008
I'm waiting for the first post asserting that he didnt drive onto the tracks, his car was sucked into the train's path.
Truth be told

Harvey, IL

#22 May 30, 2008
Honestly, if you didn't know you were reading a Chicago paper you'd think you were reading about happenings in third world countries. this whole metro area is just collapsing into a black hole of political patronage and excuses.

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