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    18-Wheeler Tries To Beat Train In Irving, Fails

    Train tracks have numerous signals and safety measures to warn vehicles not to approach when a train is coming. Simple physics tells us that trains can deliver far more force than most vehicles. But some people don’t want to wait for the train to pass by. Instead, they ignore the warnings and try to beat the train across the tracks.

    Not even semi-truck drivers are immune to this urge, as one crash in Irving showed yesterday. CBS in Dallas-Fort Worth reported on the crash between a tractor-trailer and a train, and the incident was caught on video.

    The Trinity Railway Express train was traveling along North MacArthur Boulevard between West Irving Station and Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station. A truck was crossing the tracks as the train approached just before 5:30 PM last Monday.

    The truck was caught between the crossing arms and couldn’t escape. The truck driver was extremely lucky. He was not harmed in the crash. Also, his cargo trailer was empty at the time of the crash. However, there was one person on the train that received a minor injury.

    Yes, there are times when a truck with a trailer has trouble getting over tracks in time, or getting their hitch stuck on a high-centered track. However, from this account, this wasn’t a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. We hope that the truck driver learns his lesson and never tries to beat a train ever again.

     

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