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Semi, Train Collision Closes Cary Road

Posted March 7, 2008

— A tractor-trailer collided with a freight train Friday afternoon, closing a busy street for hours.

The cab of the semi was turned sideways by the 1 p.m. collision at a crossing on Northeast Maynard Road, but no injuries were reported.

The truck driver said he stopped on the tracks because of traffic, and the cross-arms came down on the rig and trapped him.

Maynard Road was closed between East Chatham Street and Chapel Hill Road in Cary part of the afternoon while crews worked to clean up diesel fuel that spilled in the wreck.


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  • DurhamDude Mar 7, 2008

    The traffic lights should be programmed stop all other traffic and let the traffic near the rail get through with plenty of time before the cross arms come down. Yeah, this means the sensor needs to be moved further up the track to allow time for all this to happen.

  • miketroll3572 Mar 7, 2008

    Tacoma.....WHAT? Intersection poorly planned? That intersection has been there for more than 30 years and is marked, lighted , signaled, bells...everything except somebody standing there with a sign that says: DON'T STOP ON THE TRACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • scorekeep Mar 7, 2008

    A poorly planned intersection? (Blame something/somebody else) Stay off of the rails!

  • Adelinthe Mar 7, 2008

    "The truck driver said he stopped on the tracks because of traffic, and the cross-arms came down on the rig and trapped him."

    That's one of the first things they teach you NOT to do in driver's ed.

    Thanking God no one's been hurt.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Tacoma Mar 7, 2008

    that intersection is poorly planned. I'm amazed this doesn't happen more often.

  • Scubagirl Mar 7, 2008

    plus I do believe if the arms came down and I was driving a semi, they would not be able to trap me. I'd be pushin' some cars.

  • SaveEnergyMan Mar 7, 2008

    I stopped on the tracks?? Duh, isn't that the first thing they teach you in truck school - you may win against a car, but you're toast against a train. Maybe a suspension of his license for sixty days (and his livelihood) might get him to consider the laws of physics next time. I don't want someone that ignores the obvious driving an 80,000 lb weapon near me.

  • boingc Mar 7, 2008

    I'm thinking if you drive a semi, and you approach train tracks, then shouldn't you wait to cross them until there's room on the other side? That way you don't stop on the tracks? Just a thought...

  • Jimm57 Mar 7, 2008

    Ya can't play chicken with a train! Even if your a big truck