While I'm not into abusing anyone with checkpoints, overregulation, speedtraps, etc., driving is not a right but a privilege--and it's no secret that the majority of B.S. accidents that are entirely avoidable and a result of outrageously inappropriate driving are also done by people who have no right whatsoever to be behind the wheel.
No passenger trains were involved, but it happened on the same tracks Metrolink's 91 Line runs on at Tustin and Orangethorpe in Placentia. Impatient BMW driver skirts rail crossing gates in a hurry to get to the airport and the Beemer is totaled. No fatalities.
Really, I can't come to grips as to whether we should let a lot of automobile drivers have the privilege to drive; they cut in front of anything that impedes them, whether it'd be pedestrians, bicycles, other cars, buses, trucks, big rigs, light rail trains, commuter trains, and freight trains. For all we know, they probably won't mind playing Russian roulette with an Airbus A380 taking off.
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2010 20:21:27 GMT -8 by tonyw79sfv
Spokker said "clearly more signage is needed". Is this sarcasm? Sorry, I can't tell. I don't see how a sign could have helped. When I looked at the street view, I noticed, Wow, there are 4-quadrant gates on THREE sides of the intersection between the rails and the road. I can't imagine how those guys got their BMW in the way of the train. Did they start to go through before the arms came down, or did they drive on the wrong side of the street to avoid the 4-quad gates? The only improvements to this crossing would be 1: a fourth set of gates on the one side of the street that is currently open (however, the only way to get through there is to drive the wrong-way down a divided highway for a block) or 2: bollards? Really, how did those guys get around all those gates?