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I travel that road daily as do a great many others.Heading west I slow down long before the tracks and start looking.Heading east I do the same thing as soon as I get on JS.
The number of people that tailgate and, or pass you when doing so is astounding.
The number of drivers that pass on JS in that area is absurd. It does have double yellow lines.
Perhaps, now they will take that crossing for what it is - a train crossing.And, stay off my bumper in the event I hit my brakes to avoid a train and we all end up in a multi vehicle pileup.
Observe the signs - the life you save may be your own.
I have traveled this road often, and I have to say it is very hard to see the train coming out of Victoria. For one there are trees that hide the train and if you have someone behind you and you try to slow down they almost rear end you. There should have been lights installed and cross bars from the very beginning. There is a road past loop 463, not travelled very much (I don't think) and it already has cross bars. If you haven't traveled that road try it and you will know what it is like. Not taking any sides
This is in no way the train or the railroads or the states fault. It is the fault of the vehicle driver. Not passing judgement, just stating the facts.
I'm glad Mr. Perlata is fine, it obviously could have been much worse. But to insuate that the State is responsible for this accident is troubling. The crossing is well marked and he drives that road frequently. Appears that he was either not paying attention or trying to beat the train. He made a bad decision either way. A little personal responsiblity goes a long way. Thank god he had an angel looking out for him.