posted on Nov, 18 2012 @ 08:03 PM
Originally posted by roadgravel
Initial investigations say the warning signal of the crossing was activated only 7 sec. before the collision.
Another report states 20 seconds. Anyway, doesn't the signal activate when the train enters a certain section of the track.
Yes, it's supposed to. The report I read stated that they checked the signal, and there was no defect. However, it also stated that the barrier
arms had only started to lower when the train hit the float. That seems off to me. Most likely, in that case, would be a defect, that they don't
want to admit, for liability reasons. Or, perhaps the train was speeding. I want to know where, in regards to the track, the float was when the
signal first went off, too. Were they careless? Somehow, I don't think we will ever have good answers. Tragic, no matter what the reason.
As a side note, those signals DO fail, and people can die, so folks, LOOK first. Don't trust the signal to warn you. Obey the signals, yes, but
look if they aren't activated. Let other drivers deal with a delay. It's your life.