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This happened right down the street from where I live, but I had just left my apartment minutes before the crash so I didn't hear about it until later in the day.

http://www.thewmurchannel.com/newsarchive/5475856/detail.html

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/12072005/news/76699.htm

I go over those train tracks every day, and I can hear the trains pretty good from my apartment. I hope the driver in back got charged with reckless driving, because it could have been a whole different story if the woman didn't get out in time.

Traffic is very heavy on that road during the day, because it is one of the few north/south routes between a bunch of towns. Cars will often back up all the way through the center of town, including right at the RR tracks. I am amazed by the number of cars I see that end up stopped in traffic while partially or completely over the tracks. Trains come down that track as often as one every twenty minutes sometimes; I am surprised there are not more accidents.

If you read the second article, the driver who caused the accident said: "I was on the road, and I saw the blinking lights of the gates," said Hernandez. "I thought she was going to go through, but she stopped right away. I tried to go to the left a bit (to avoid her car), but I couldn’t." The guy assumed the woman was going to cross the tracks, and she didn't. Why couldn't he have just assumed she wasn't going to cross the tracks? That's what I would have done.
 

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Oh I'm not blaming her, I'm blaming the guy behind her that pushed her onto the tracks.
 
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