Earlier this week, there were two accidents involving semi-trucks and trains within four hours and 20 miles of one another. Although more than 20 people were injured, it appears that no one was killed in the series of accidents. California police and federal investigators are still working to determine the cause of both crashes.
A weekend collision between a sport-utility vehicle and a California light rail train has resulted in three fatalities and multiple injuries, according to law enforcement authorities. Although police and local transit officials continue to investigate the fatal accident, they believe that the SUV drove around the crossing arms and onto the track just before it was struck by the train.
There is one road obstacle no hurried driver ever wishes to see: the flashing lights and lowering bars of a railroad crossing. Sometimes it can seem like hours until the last boxcar whips by and traffic can finally start moving again. However, as painful as the wait may occasionally seem, the potential consequences of facing an oncoming train can be far worse. In the battle between train and car, the car rarely wins.