Readers React: Can Anything Be Done about Metra/BNSF Fatalities?

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If you've noticed lately that Patch has been overrun with tragic stories about people being killed by trains along Metra's Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway, it's not because we just started reporting them-it's because there have been three in the past two weeks within a span of just a few commuter stops. Full Story
Phil

Wilmington, IL

#1 Mar 20, 2013
It's 9:14 A.M. Wednesday March 20th , I was just waiting for 15 minutes to cross the railroad tracks at Cass Ave. in Westmont. There is a lot of honking and cars trying to inch up as the railroad lights are flashing and the gates are down. We start moving forward slowly and you see four Westmont Police officers physically holding the gates up for cars to pass. Any vehicle larger than a cargo van can not make it under. BNSF has been replacing signals and all cables for the past 6-8 months from I-355 East to probably Hinsdale. Has this become common to where the gates and signals trigger for no apparent reason and police raise it up? Have people seen this action happen for the past 6 months? Is there reason to maybe think this was the case in Downers Grove? I just find it cringing to see the police officers holding the gates up(I mean both arms and on there tip toes) and a child in a passing car seeing that.

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