As a locomotive engineer, how often does this happen to you?

I've seen YouTube videos of these morons almost getting hit by a train because they cross the barriers. Is this a common occurrence or is it a once in a lifetime thing for an engineer to have happen to them?

Asked By: Sloth for President 2012 - 7/8/2009
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I can scarcely think of a trip when it DIDN'T happen at least once. I tagged two pick-up trucks, a station wagon and a pedestrian in my 28 years. If I had a dollar for every near miss I'd be living on the Kona coast... More
Answered By: Samurai Hoghead - 7/8/2009
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I live and work in a remote area of the northern US, so I can go all day and see just a few automobiles. I know I am lucky in that respect. I used to work in another part of the country, and yeah, there were people making stupid decisions, but not too many. I guess it just depends on what part of the country you're in.
Answered By: Derail - 7/9/2009
It's common... More
Answered By: Rango - 7/9/2009
I agree with Rango. It's one or two trespassings per week. These are VERY unprincipled people.
Answered By: EMD SD40 Special Duty Locomotive - 7/9/2009
It's common to have close calls.People are in such a hurry these days that they feel they can't spare one or two minutes for a train to go by.I work in the southwest where we still have a number of crossing without protection.Those are the worst because people are oblivious and they just don't look first.Two trips ago... More
Answered By: Andy - 7/9/2009
From the passengers perspective, I feel sorry for you when they do this. Whatever happened to patience? If they can't afford to wait, why go that way after all? I saw a man try to beat, and if I remember correctly, the, "Builder", because he could not wait to get on the other side. At least he had better sense than... More
Answered By: 1saintofGod - 7/9/2009
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