Work temporarily blocks access to I-15, Main Street
re: Ohio Investigator ""DR Don" appears to know little about RR
crossings and how vehicles can become trapped on them."DR Don worked
for various railroads for well over 30 years and knows quite a bit about
railroad crossings. DR Don has personally dealt with the aftermath of vehicles
and people struck by trains. DR Don stands by his original statement.
FYI to all - there is no light at this stop. 900S ends at a STOP
sign before crossing 5-sets of train tracks. The STOP sign has a notice under
it that states 'DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL THE CAR AHEAD OF YOU HAS LEFT THE
INTERSECTION' - referring to the intersection immediately after the tracks. This intersection has a right turn to enter the I-15 on ramp and a left turn
to head towards Main, with enough room for 1 car at this 2nd Stop sign. Currently it isn't a problem because the on-ramp is closed to southbound
traffic - which normally requires all left-turning motorists to stop and wait
for a clear intersection. However, once the on-ramp opens up it will be a
problem, because cars off of 900S must Stop before the tracks and wait for the
1car ahead of them to proceed either left to Main or right to the Hwy. People dont watch the forward car, instead do a courtesy stop before
rushing across the tracks, anticipating the car ahead will be turn any second
now. However, if there are cars on the on-ramp, that aint gonna happen. Thats
when the accidents occur. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!
Ohio Investigator wrote, "In order to keep from being stopped on a track, each
driver would have to stop before reaching the track and wait for the vehicle
ahead to get across AND go far enough for the stopped vehicle to cross AND clear
the track."Yes, that is exactly what I was taught in Drivers Ed 25
years ago -- never drive onto a railroad track if there is not room enough ahead
of you to be able to immediately get off it. I realize that doing this can make
for a slower commute, but what is so difficult about it?
A long time ago, Traffic Signal Preemption was invented and it allows the RR
Track Circuit to "take over" the highway traffic signal computer and keep the
light GREEN until the gates are down and vehicles have cleared the crossing.
But many crossings near traffic intersections with traffic signals DO NOT have
Traffic Signal Preemption. The lack of Traffic Signal Preemption caused 29
crashes at an extremely busy RR crossing (3 tracks) on Grand Ave. in Elmwood
"DR Don" appears to know little about RR crossings and how vehicles can become
trapped on them. When vehicles are moving in a line, especially at rush hours,
the drivers cannot predict when a traffic light will change to RED. When it
does, the vehicles stop. But people in the back of the line don't know how much
room there is ahead until the vehicle ahead of them comes to a full stop. Some
people might say, "Well, can't the drivers tell when to stop so they don't stop
on the track(s?) The answer is, generally, no. In order to keep from being
stopped on a track, each driver would have to stop before reaching the track and
wait for the vehicle ahead to get across AND go far enough for the stopped
vehicle to cross AND clear the track. GO out to a busy RR crossing that is near
an intersection with a traffic light and watch what happens when the light turns
RED for vehicles going over the crossing. Vehicles get queued on the track.
It's a sad commentary when this much effort and money must be spent because some
people are too stupid to avoid stopping their vehicles on the tracks!