Train Hits Van in Orangeburg, Sends O...

Train Hits Van in Orangeburg, Sends One to Hospital

There are 13 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Feb 1, 2007, titled Train Hits Van in Orangeburg, Sends One to Hospital. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A train accident in Orangeburg has left one person in the hospital. Captain James Adams with the Orangeburg County Department of Public Safety says officers received a call around 10:30 Thursday morning, saying ...

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Since: Jan 07

Camden, SC

#1 Feb 1, 2007
I swear everytime you turn around someone in Orangeburg is getting hit by a train. What is going on down there???? It isn't like a train can sneak up on you. geez!
Robert Pines

Sullivan, MO

#3 Feb 1, 2007
I bet if the idiots on the train going too fast with sucky brakes and no steering were made to run the train out in front of the locomotive battering ram where it was more mono-e-mono the occupied crossing equipment that has been available for decades would be aboard and the train would have stopped in time
SamIam

Florence, SC

#4 Feb 1, 2007
I wish WLTX would stop using gifs as pictures and use .jpg so they can have BIGGER pictures. That picture is 23k 178x134 if it was a jpg it would be the same size but 3x bigger.
Larry

Murrells Inlet, SC

#5 Feb 1, 2007
Lynette wrote:
I swear everytime you turn around someone in Orangeburg is getting hit by a train. What is going on down there???? It isn't like a train can sneak up on you. geez!
Wrong! I've been at that crossing along with the other three in that stretch and when the whistle blows and the lights come on you have approximately 13 seconds to get out of dodge. Several years ago the train upped it's speed from a modest 30mph to 49mph coming through town, and THAT is why folks who have lived here for years are getting busted on the tracks.
Larry

Murrells Inlet, SC

#6 Feb 1, 2007
Art Noory wrote:
The dude driving the van should go straight from the hospital to jail. People do it everyday, stop on the tracks, I 'll never understand why, maybe they lead more important lives than me and are late to a very important event or something. I
Unfortunately, this crossing is such that you come to the tracks, stop, they proceed only one and a half car lengths to stop again at the stop sign before making the turn. Precarious to say the least.

Since: Feb 07

Chapin SC

#7 Feb 1, 2007
Robert Pines wrote:
I bet if the idiots on the train going too fast with sucky brakes and no steering were made to run the train out in front of the locomotive battering ram where it was more mono-e-mono the occupied crossing equipment that has been available for decades would be aboard and the train would have stopped in time
Pines, just looking at an Oak Tree makes more sense than your statement.
Just what are you trying to say???
The English language is taught to have punctuation marks (any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation)
when one writes something. You sound as if you rode the short bus to and from school, if you in fact went to school.
Jack

Columbia, SC

#8 Feb 2, 2007
Its a BIG insurance scam they run in Orangeburg! Its the only place in the State you hear about cars getting hit by trains!
Joe

Elgin, SC

#9 Feb 2, 2007
You wouldn't stop for a red light in the middle of an intersection, would you? Then don't stop for a red ligt ON the railroad tracks.
Oburg Girl

Newberry, SC

#10 Feb 2, 2007
That stop is very precarious. Now people do try to beat the trains here, but they do run absolutely too fast through town. Several street/train crossings are very tricky when it comes to seeing to turn and there are double stop signs. Better road planning and cleaning up the underbrush and signs so you can see to make turns would be better. Also, although I know some people would be angry about, but a longer warning period and earlier gate closures would stop some of these accidents. You would not believe the number of times they have to replace those gates from big trucks tearing them off trying to beat the trains.
Jukebox

White House, TN

#11 Feb 2, 2007
I believe I would have backed up and taken out the crossing arm. It's nothing but a piece of wood.

Since: Jan 07

Camden, SC

#12 Feb 2, 2007
Larry wrote:
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Wrong! I've been at that crossing along with the other three in that stretch and when the whistle blows and the lights come on you have approximately 13 seconds to get out of dodge. Several years ago the train upped it's speed from a modest 30mph to 49mph coming through town, and THAT is why folks who have lived here for years are getting busted on the tracks.
Well good heavens, you would think that the DOT or whoever regulates trains would come in an investigate what is going on in Orangeburg. How many times do people have to get hit by trains before they find out if that many people are just stupid or is there something malfunctioning down there.
John

Columbia, SC

#13 Feb 6, 2007
Trust me, being from the Orangeburg area I know a good bit on this subject(being a train enthusiast as well). The crossing is not the problem, its the drivers. Granted the speeds have been increased over the past year or two to 49, there is enough time for people to clear the crossing when a train is approaching.{The lights flash and bell rings for a solid 5-8 seconds before the gates at this crossing even begins to go down, plenty of time to back up 5 feet or pull forward} I have seen countless times at Russell, John C Calhoun, Glover and here at Whitman Street where people are so IMPATIENT they risk not only their life, but also the Conductor and Engineer's life on the train as well! This train was approx 90 empty coal hoppers headed to the Port of Charleston to be loaded with coal. It would have taken under ONE minute of this person's time for this train to have cleared the crossing and for him to be safely on his way if it was traveling at its Max. 49mph limit(which it is very very strictly enforced with new GPS monitoring of speed train control etc on Norfolk Southern's Columbia-Charleston Main line.) There are several large signs at Peasley, Whitman, and Glover Streets that state the exact amount of feet between the white stop line at the intersection and the white line at the railroad crossing it self to warn motorist about the tight space. Its just down right ignorance and a lack of a little bit of patience on the motorist's that get them in trouble time and time again here. I know for a fact many NS trains don't even go the maximum 49mph through Orangeburg because they have seen this happen to many times. One more thing to point out- If you see on-coming traffic on US 601 coming to a stop for traffic lights etc, why even take the risk of stopping on the track in the first place? Use a little common sense!
Antonio

Knoxville, TN

#14 Apr 22, 2007
Is it like a 21st century now? What happened to 21st century? Trains hit cars sounds so backwards. Japan, France, China has speed trains, USA none? In fact it still looks like we've been stuck in the 19th century, while US claims to be the world's biggest and the richest? How come?

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