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Car backs into train in Durham

Posted August 12, 2010

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— A man backed his car into an Amtrak train in Durham on Thursday, police said.

The wreck happened at the intersection of Ellis Road and Angier Avenue just before 6 p.m.

Police said the man had already cleared the guard rails but thought the arms were going to hit his car, so he backed up into the train.

No one was hurt, police said.

The car sustained about $1,000 worth of damage.


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  • smcallah Aug 13, 2010

    This is the same RR crossing where the woman in the SUV lost her 2 children because she pulled onto the tracks and the gates closed.

    When are people going to realize that you don't stop on the tracks NO MATTER WHAT?

    It doesn't matter if you don't see a train NOW, because the gates, by law, only have to come down 20 - 30 seconds before the train goes through.

    If you are on the tracks and the gates are coming down, it is too late.

    I cross these same tracks everyday at the intersection of Angier and Glover Rd and people do the same thing there. They will pull onto the tracks. Only 3 cars fit between the road and the tracks. Every time I'm the 3rd car in line, someone comes up behind me and stops on the tracks. If I'm 4th in line, I stop at the white line before the tracks. I've never seen anyone else do this, and I've driven through here for the last 6 years.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2010

    I don't buy the whole argument about a R/R Crossing being dangerous. They are all dangerous and they are all safe. Its the driver that determines which one it is to them.

    And yes, Shane, you are correct. Accidents rarely happen. But wrecks happen a lot.

  • dixieboy Aug 13, 2010

    This is a very dangerous grade crossing/double intersection ,in the course of daily work I used to have to negotiate it multiple times daily. In the last few years I've been following a very circuitous route just to avoid it. Seems like I remember hearing about some plans to reconstruct it , anybody else recall?

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 13, 2010

    Sounds to me like the gates started coming down after he had crossed the tracks, but was stopped behind other cars. So when the gates were coming down he reacted to that before thinking of the whole situation.

  • Shane Aug 13, 2010

    I can tell you how it happened. He didn't stop at the 'white line', but instead pulled up to keep someone else from cutting him off to get into that lane. So he was in the train crossing because of other people who would rather take that chance than have someone cut him off... Shame on him, and shame on the jerks that will in fact grab that space, cut you off, to be one car ahead in line. Alot of thee wrecks (note, I didn't say 'accidents) are because of the other impatient people out there that would cut you off. Be it on the road (where you are giving plenty of room) or at this particular train crossing.. Hard to keep a safe following distance when some idiot would just be happy to pull in between you.

  • NCPictures Aug 13, 2010

    And to think we share the road with drivers like this.... wow

  • Vietnam Vet Aug 12, 2010

    Anybody besides me think that the gates hitting his car would have been better than the car being hit by a TRAIN? I won't even get into how he got himself into that predicament in the first place...