Train-truck accident closes Portage intersections

An accident involving a semi-truck and a train shut down two major intersections in Portage Thursday afternoon. Full Story
Jimmy Shorts

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Mar 13, 2008
HOPE HE TOOK THE DAMGAGE WAIVER
Hal

Portage, MI

#2 Mar 13, 2008
It is long overdue for the City of Portage to have crossing gates installed at this, and other nearby, crossings.
old_timer

United States

#3 Mar 13, 2008
DAM, dont people relize the trains always wins..........DUH
Poet

Battle Creek, MI

#4 Mar 13, 2008
A little common sense is needed when your driving but I guess once you hit a certain age you think you don't have to any sense at all.
And older drivers wonder why people think there should be an age limit on drivers well there's your answere!!!
joshua rinckey

Redmond, WA

#5 Mar 13, 2008
Geez, sounds like he had a "bang em up good time" that was "a real blast" quite a "smash hit" lol. im glad nobody was hurt though!
Bob of Portage

Madison, WI

#6 Mar 13, 2008
Now it goes to show you that anyone over the age of 70 should not be driving. even a rental truck. How could you not see the red lights flashing and even hear the train blow his horn. Heck I live 8 miles from those tracks and I hear it go though all the time.
JAB

Kalamazoo, MI

#7 Mar 13, 2008
To Poet & Bob
I'm sure you opinion of older driver's will change when an if you reach the age of 70 ! Especially if you have to depend on other's for basic transportation.
old_timer

United States

#8 Mar 13, 2008
Hey hey people go easy on us old_timers, I been driving 47 yrs accident free, and I still have to watch for you wreckless drivers and speed demons in order to stay that way. I also have a cdl and I'd never do that in a straight truck. Almost forgot an those of you on cell phones talkin nonsence I could see if your medical staff and helpin someone in a life or death situation.
hungry1968

Encino, CA

#9 Mar 14, 2008
I think it's hilarious that people feel the need for more guards at railroad crossings, but no one wants to take personal responsibility for their driving habits. We know railroads have been around since before any of us were driving, we know what intersections to look out for, but yet its THE RAILROADS that need to make changes for us. Make the state pay for things so we don't have to pay attention...just hilarious...
sandi

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Mar 14, 2008
or trying to do himself in
old_timer

United States

#12 Mar 14, 2008
After failing a test they could also be put on restricted driving, say during daylight hours and whatever shopping for food and needs. Or to have another person accompany them to keep them alert. After all are any of you willing to start driving the elderly around to get their, food, meds and other needs?
Steve

Big Rapids, MI

#13 Mar 14, 2008
Scott wrote:
No offense to our elder citizens, especially since we will all be there one day (if we are
fortunate enough) but I think this is just another example of why people need to start being tested annually once they turn 70, even earlier for individuals with medical problems, including sight and hearing. If they fail the drivers test at anytime, their license should not be renewed, but do allow them to do a re-test just to ensure their is a potential issue with them and not the test/tester.
And yes, I know they didn't mention any issues in this article, but when you factor in his age of 77 and the fact the signals were all functioning then it sure sounds like the elder driver was either "confused" or had hearing/vision issues.
I'm in favor of testing at the age of 70 and over.
The thing I have a issue with is renewing by mail at that age. My father was 75 when he had a blood clot that caused him to lose a major part of his vision. that year he recieved and renewed his license for an added 4 years. of course he and we knew he would never drive and was just for the Id. But, the thing is that he renewed without question by mail.
old_timer

United States

#14 Mar 14, 2008
Very good point steve, perhaps renewal in person and possibly a doctors report to solve that issue of renewing by mail. Similar problem happen in my family also and the driver place on a restriced license.

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