Train hits disabled car

No injuries were reported after an Amtrak train smashed into a disabled car in western Kent County.
AP Wire
Jan 17, 2013

Thirty-four passengers were on the train when it hit the car in Grandville, southwest of Grand Rapids.

The car's driver said one of his tires had fallen off about 10 p.m. Tuesday, forcing him to stop on the tracks. Brent Nicholai said he could not move the car by himself and was waiting for a tow truck to arrive when the train began to approach.

Passengers stayed on the train, which continued on to a nearby station just before 11 p.m. The train was headed to Chicago from Grand Rapids.

Comments

SignalMaintainer

There is an error in this article. The train was headed to Grand Rapids from Chicago.

Additionally, if anyone ever runs into a similar situation, PLEASE call the number posted on the signal mast IMMEDIATELY. This accident was 100% avoidable if the driver would have done what he should have. When you call that number, simply give the dispatcher that answers the DOT# (it is right below the phone number on the crossing) and the road name, and tell what the problem is. If there is an obstruction on the track and someone calls the number, the dispatcher will immediately contact the train crews in the area and stop them.

Calling 911 also works, but takes much longer for the train crews to be notified.

You should also call the number if you witness a railroad crossing malfunctioning.

This drivers actions with not calling the RR or 911 could have easily killed or injured someone, as well as causing major damage to the signals (they are not cheap at all!), on top of that, it causes a nightmare for the poor signal maintainer that takes care of that crossing.

They need to teach this stuff in drivers training.

Psmith

I totally agree and thankyou so much for that info Maybe they papers should have printed that

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