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Submitted by: Colorfully written by Janis Aziza Varo
Reference: San Jose Mercury News
Richard says, "This kind of story is unfortunately very common. Several times a year there are delays on the Long Island Railroad commuter trains for this very reason. Flashing lights and lowered gates just won't deter these determined folks. The authorities are at a loss as to what to do. Many of the crossings are being eliminated by elevating the rail lines, a very expensive solution. Disturbingly, I read of a recently formed support group for locomotive engineers. It seems that every engineer without exception, with more than a year's experience, has involuntarily killed someone in a grade crossing collision. The engineers are baffled and wonder how anyone could be so stupid. Isn't everyone aware of the laws of physics which dictate that a train weighing hundreds or thousands of tons has al lot of inertia and can't stop on a dime, or even a football field?"