MARC Station Incident

Brunswick Mayor Nathan Brown is calling for railroad changes after an Amtrak train hit a tractor-trailer hauling lumber on Wednesday.

Brunswick Mayor Nathan Brown said a blockage from a CSX train created a traffic backup that led to an Amtrak train hitting a tractor-trailer Wednesday.

Brown sent a letter to CSX Transportation leadership Thursday, pushing for action on what he described as an ongoing hazard in the city with trains and vehicle traffic.

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jth7100

CD, do you amuse the folks at the senior center?

C.D.Reid

You keep making comments like this, calling me pappy, etc. I'd much rather be my age than a smart mouthed, POS punk like you. Ever think about growing up someday, or are you happy in your Peter Pan world?

Awteam2021

The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up-

What lessons where to be learned from Peter Pan’s adventures?

Who was Peter Pan’s nemesis?

What did his nemesis represent?

jth7100

Plum, my point is given an opportunity, people will find a way to screw up. Running gates, misjudging distance, climbing under trains. It was on topic. Thanks for playing.

Plumbum

John.....do you not known how to reply to comments here? You reply to the comment at hand, you don’t need to launch a new comment.

It’s called a thread

Plumbum

You go aunt Wanda!

Get them trains a HUMMIN!

Girl No.3

Driver ignorance caused this. You can't fix good old-fashioned stupidity.

rogy

As so perfectly illustrated by your comment Girl. That's a VERY dangerous spot and one can be easily and unavoidably trapped when traffic starts to move across the tracks and then stops suddenly due to a traffic signal a block away. Those trains appear quickly and those Amtrack trains are the very worst for speed, always barreling through town like they're crossing the Kansas prairie.

mcrider

The accident was wholly caused by the truck driver. It was his error alone. ANY driver is taught and should KNOW that you absolutely do NOT attempt to cross ANY train track unless you are able to clear it completely, and immediately. And a licensed CDL driver ??? There’s no excuse for this.

C.D.Reid

We had to cross CSX tracks at the project I did in Harm City for eight years to get from the construction office trailers to the job site. I had to wait 45 minutes one time for them to get out of the way. They held up material deliveries, inspections, etc., costing us considerable time which meant considerable money. The project manager wrote to CSX detailing complaints and they attitude was "Tough sh_t."

jth7100

Wow Pappy! Tell us more and make sure to include clever things like Harm City. I bet CSX cares a lot about your opinion.

C.D.Reid

I bet CSX cares more about my opinion than anyone cares about yours, your dog included.

jth7100

I bet they don't.

Plumbum

Anyone else reminded of the Judd’s ‘Grandpa tell us bout the good ole days’ hit single?

Fredginrickey

😆

Waltsun

Drivers should never pull on to railroad tracks unless there is room for them to pull alll the way off on the other side. The truck driver appears to have caused this accident not CSX Basic common sense that should also be taught in drivers training. Similar to “don’t block the box” where you should move into an intersection unless there is room to pull through on the other side. Trains blocking the crossings is a separate issue.

parrotthead1

Unless you have been down to this particular crossing and have observed that there is a stoplight a very short distance away that turns red and then stops cars before the line of traffic can get off the tracks please do not comment about whose fault the accident was.

Girl No.3

Been there. There's no excuse for this.

jth7100

I've been there many times; poor driver decision is the issue. I've seen drivers go around the gates with lights, etc. If you don't have the spatial visual ability to see how much space is needed for your vehicle to make it past the crossing with clearance, deal with the wait. Girl No 3 is right.

C.D.Reid

Yep, Girl No 3 is right, you're still a total jerk, and life goes on.

Plumbum

Jth going around gates has nothing to do with the news story and the incident at hand.

Please stay on topic.

Dwasserba

What should concern CSX is who would be liable in a tragedy, it is simple self-interest. I grew up crossing tracks all the time, not always wisely, and just as there is contention here about “fault”, there would be in a courtroom. Someone I knew was in the back of a pickup at night with friends, an unmarked crossing, where the train is required to sound the whistle, but there had been complaints about sounding in the middle of the night. “Did they or didn’t they” sorta took a backseat to the horror and pain of the deaths and the one teenage survivor in a coma two years, awakening miraculously mentally intact but physically affected for the rest of his life. The settlement was millions. You could argue forever these boys knew this was an unmarked crossing and they maybe should know the schedule, being local, and maybe not piled into a pickup late at night. Well. It wasn’t a school night. CSX ignores complaints at its peril.

mcrider

Never been there and never plan to be. That said, it was the truck drivers fault, and his alone. Should have his CDL revoked. No excuse for such poor judgement resulting in such loss to his company and to CSX. Very lucky no fatalities. And then to blame CSX. Sheer ridiculousness.

Plumbum

Armchair expert! I love it!!

mcrider

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