Police: Driver Of Car Hit By Two Northstar Trains Cited

Feb 20, 2014 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: CBS Local

Officials in Elk River say the driver of the car involved in Tuesday's collision with two Northstar Commuter Rail trains was cited for not stopping at the railroad crossing signal.

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This is a good example on WHY you wait till the train(s) have passed by on the tracks.
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Unlike what most folks think. Trains can not stop as fast as a car can. It takes a train between one mile or more to stop when the brakes are applied.
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And in a 'battle' between a train and a car, truck, or even bus, The train wins out.
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In this case the driver and the passengers were lucky. There have been cases where there has been deaths from a train hitting a vehicle.
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I didn't even know there were commuter trains in Minnesota... But anyway, I agree with sangelia, trains always win. In some cases, others find out the hard way, and unfortunately people die. Same with double decker buses...they are bad ideas, especially megabus since it seems they are always smashing into bridges.

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Anonymous wrote:
I didn't even know there were commuter trains in Minnesota... But anyway, I agree with sangelia, trains always win. In some cases, others find out the hard way, and unfortunately people die. Same with double decker buses...they are bad ideas, especially megabus since it seems they are always smashing into bridges.
You are correct. Trains always win. We learned that at a very young age.
It Swerved At Me

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When is it EVER the trains fault?

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Anonymous wrote:
I didn't even know there were commuter trains in Minnesota... But anyway, I agree with sangelia, trains always win. In some cases, others find out the hard way, and unfortunately people die. Same with double decker buses...they are bad ideas, especially megabus since it seems they are always smashing into bridges.
We have the Light Rail here. The LRT known as the Blue Line. It used to be called the Hiawatha Line due to a portion of it ran along side the street.
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We used to have street cars till the 1950s. Instead of merging like they should have. The bus line and the street cars went to court.
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Currently the LRT vehicles have a color scheme that is primarily a combination of black, yellow, and gray. Yellow was used on the previous streetcar system in the area as a homage to the old cars of that time period.
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http://www.metrotransit.org/metro-blue-line

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It Swerved At Me wrote:
When is it EVER the trains fault?
When the one driving the train has either fallen asleep or has done illegal drugs and or has been drinking on the job.
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When the one driving the train has either fallen asleep or has done illegal drugs and or has been drinking on the job.
Like the metro north train crash in spuyten duyvil, the Bronx, or the high speed train crash in Spain.

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Sangelia wrote:
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When the one driving the train has either fallen asleep or has done illegal drugs and or has been drinking on the job.
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People need to be smarter and not drive when the gates are down or coming down.
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Sangelia wrote:
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When the one driving the train has either fallen asleep or has done illegal drugs and or has been drinking on the job.
...it is still technically NOT the trains fault. What you described is the fault of the person DRIVING the train.
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Trains have the right of way even thou they are not carrying any passengers.

Oh that's right they brought in the good old reliable, flexible bus to move the rail passengers.

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It could be a train's fault if technology implemented into the train didn't work properly, such as the metro-north train derailment. The driver was using a remote to drive the train since the engine was pushing from the back, and the engine had technology to slow the train down, but it didn't work.

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Visitor from ice box wrote:
Trains have the right of way even thou they are not carrying any passengers.
Oh that's right they brought in the good old reliable, flexible bus to move the rail passengers.
Most of the trains that are running these days are not passenger trains. But cargo trains. Since they can in many cases get the products there faster than a truck can. Depending on the route that the train is required to take to move the cargo.

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