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Friday, July 31, 2009

RR-X ings

I had a very close call last night on the way home and I thought I would share it. I was driving home on a street i don't often take at a time I was tired and not paying close enough attention to my surroundings. There is a road right next to the local grain elevator and the railroad tracks cross the road here. Like many RR crossings out here in the sticks there is no automatic barrier or lights. It is up to you to look and listen closely before crossing and that is where I screwed up. I have poor hearing with constant ringing in both ears plus I had the radio playing. The railroad tracks curve around the back of the grain elevator so there is no more than about 50ft of visibility. So I am driving and just as the front tires of my car hit the railroad tracks I hear a trail whistle and it is LOUD. I look to my right and no more than a car length away is a fast moving train engine. I floored the gas pedal on the car and just cleared the track as the train went by. There was maybe a second of margin but no more. So in the end nobody got hurt but it was very close. The AAA was right in there old advertisements that most accidents happen within 5 miles of home and I think it is due to the familiarity of our surroundings giving us a false sense of security. So learn from my mistake and look and listen closely when crossing railroad tracks. You DON'T want to look up like I did and see nothing but fast moving train engine filling your vision. ;-)

1 comment:

Heart of Gold Jewelers ~ said...

WHOA! Sweet Baby Jesus in a cradle. Thank Heaven you are OK! I am really happy to hear that you escaped with nothing more than a bad fright.
The old adage about train tracks was to stop-look-listen before crossing, maybe it will be a really LONG time before you forget that old motto again?
I was nearly t-boned by a driver running a red light last week coming home from work about 10:30 PM, and then a mile or so later, while in coversation with a guy I taxi home some times, I nearly ran one (an extemely RARE occurance.)The two near-misses (one my fault) really shook me up, as I imagine yours did to you.
Be safe, ExRanger, and turn down that radio.