I have lived in Utah since 1971 and I had never heard of this until today while
driving down Redwood Rd in South Jordan. I happened to glance at a brown and
white sign (the kind that indicate parks, etc.) that said something like,
"1938 Bus Accident Marker." Having no clue what that was all about, I
decided to search for it when I returned home. I was immediately led to this
article. I really appreciate the author providing so much detail on this little
know, but tragic story. Thanks for publishing it!
Bus/train crash south of Salinas California in 1963 killed 28 at scene. 4 more
died over the next few days as a result of the accident. Bus was crossing the
track when hit by train traveling 70+ mph.
My grandfather, Mack Bateman, was one of the survivors of the accident. He was
16 years old and performed CPR on numerous children. My grandfather just passed
on November 22nd and told this story many times to the family.
My grandma's brother had to go and pick up all the body parts of the people who
died. And the bus driver was my grandma's best friends brother, and now sister
in law to my grandma. My family is very grateful for the law.
This law applies not only to buses but to all common carriers (taxis, limos,
chartered buses, etc.) and any truck carrying any hazardous substance. But have
you ever seen them all stop? Probably only at ungated railroad crossings. The
law makes sense at ungated railroad crossings which was probably the case at the
crossing in the story, but it needs to be updated for crossings that have active
gates with lights and warning bells. The technology employed at a gated
crossing makes it much safer today than even a street intersection with a
traffic signal. When a train approaches the gates go down. If the power goes
out the gates are switched to battery backup for 8 hours and then if no power is
restored then they go down and stay down. You can't say that about traffic
signals where people are always running them and getting killed. And when the
power goes out the traffic lights don't work at all.
Some people wonder why we have so many rules, but there is always a reason. Too
many have had to be written because somebody lost their life.
My dad took over that bus route following the accident. Even though I wasn't
born until 13 years later, that accident was something that we always knew
about. Thanks for more information.
Great article, Thanks! I always wondered why a school bus driver opened the
door at railroad crossings.
Interesting story and the creation of laws and the reason for them. This kind of
report could be an interesting news column to research and explain why we have
certain laws and maybe even come up with reasons to abolish some laws that are
no longer viable.Most people don't understand why we have some laws
or even read any of the laws we have. Laws are full of fine print that can only
be understood by reading it. Almost every law has an intent of the
law and the reason for it in the descriptions to it. This part of the law is
often overlooked in enforcement but is the most crucial part of the law.As in this case of the bus/train law it takes an older generation to
define and explain it to the new generations.