Chicopee, Amtrak police focusing on railroad crossing safety
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Chicopee, Amtrak police focusing on railroad crossing safety

August 13, 2019


NOTHING OF CONCERN INSIDE THE JUGS. DRIVERS ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP THEIR CARS WHEN THEY SEE RED LIGHTS FLASHING AT A RAILROAD CROSSING.. BUT NOT EVERYONE FOLLOWS THOSE RULES. 22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK WAS AT A RAILROAD CROSSING IN CHICOPEE TODAY …WHERE THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AND LOCAL POLICE REMINDED DRIVERS …ABOUT THE DANGERS. IF YOU COME TO A RAILROAD CROSSING AND SEE LIGHTS FLASHING, OR A GATE CLOSING.. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO STOP YOUR CAR AND WAIT. BUT – OFTENTIMES, DRIVERS WILL TRY AND RUSH THROUGH ANYWAYS.. A RISKY DECISION – THAT COULD BECOME DEADLY. WE WERE AT THE RAILROAD CROSSING ON PLAINFIELD STREET IN CHICOPEE THIS MORNING. CHICOPEE POLICE, AMTRAK POLICE, AND THE F.R.A WERE HANDING OUT INFORMATIONAL PACKETS TO DRIVERS.. TO REMIND THEM – HOW TO STAY SAFE AROUND RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THE F.R.A RECOMMENDS – LEAVING AT LEAST 15 FEET BETWEEN THE REAR OF YOUR CAR AND THE NEAREST RAIL, TO PREVENT GETTING STUCK ON THE TRACKS. THEY ALSO URGE YOU TO LOOK BOTH WAYS, AND STOP, IF YOU SEE A TRAIN COMING. THERE ARE NEARLY 6,000 CAR-RELATED TRAIN ACCIDENTS EVERY YEAR, ACCORDING TO FEDERAL DATA. MANY OF THOSE CRASHES OCCUR WHEN A DRIVER MISJUDGES THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THEIR CAR, AND THE TRAIN. WE DON’T WANT A FATALITY, AND IT’S TOO EASY TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THAT TRAIN CATCHES UP TO YOU.. THE DEPTH PERCEPTION, SORT OF LIKE AN AIRLINER COMING IN, YOU THINK IT’S WAY FAR BACK THERE, BUT IN REALITY IT’S NOT. THIS YEAR ALONE, AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN CRASHES AT TRAIN CROSSINGS IN MASSACHUSETTS. 80 OTHERS HAVE BEEN INJURED. WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW COMMON THESE CRASHES OCCUR ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TONIGHT ON 22NEWS

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  • Reply Michael Patanella March 5, 2019 at 12:13 am

    it's just the usual; sadly the majority. just another behaviour of entitlement, rules aren't meant for me, i'm too important i'm in a rush, type. very typical, and probably over 50% of people that come to a crossing are those type. They also would be the first one's to sue amtrak, union pacific, or whichever railroad when a train hits and destroys their cars. Red lights mean stop idiots. Grow the hell up. You aren't as important, or as "cool" as you think you are.

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