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  • TARHEELS83 Jan 17, 11:15 a.m.

    Push Pull

  • silverflash Jan 17, 10:52 a.m.

    that's why you NEVER stop on the tracks!! You wait until the car in front of you has moved far enough ahead so that you can clear the tracks..... geez.....

  • Nancy Jan 9, 6:23 p.m.

    "Nancy, you would NEVER see a picture of me stopped on the railroad tracks, I know better... ever seen a video (or worse in real life) of what happens when a train hits a car?" - jeffdewitt

    I was responding to another poster who said everyone does it blah, blah, blah.

    I was responding that they would be seriously wrong on that score.

    I never do, ever. I'm not dumb.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 9, 4:01 p.m.

    As fast as the trains run through Morrisville they need to be on elevated rails, at least when in residential areas within cities limits.

  • jeffdewitt Jan 9, 3:57 p.m.

    Nancy, you would NEVER see a picture of me stopped on the railroad tracks, I know better... ever seen a video (or worse in real life) of what happens when a train hits a car?

    mpheels, being in the middle of an intersection when the light changes is something else again. If you are going to turn left and the traffic is heavy sometimes all you can do is sit in the intersection until the light changes and the oncoming traffic stops. It's just good practice to pull as far forward as you safely can and wait for the traffic to clear, that also give the people behind you more opportunity to go.

  • beaupeep Jan 9, 3:38 p.m.

    "Just in seconds, my car – the train hit my car," Kolluru said.

    No, your car got in way of the train.

  • sunneyone2 Jan 9, 3:37 p.m.

    Good thing no one was hurt.

    I don't agree with those of you wanting to sue her or yank her license. She's going to have to pay for her vehicle's damages and possibly those of the train. I think those bills combined with the nightmares of "what if" will be punishment enough for this mistake that I see people in this area make all the time.

  • look deeper Jan 9, 2:19 p.m.

    Obviously the rules of the road say never attempt to CROSS a railroad track unless you can safely PROCEED ACROSS the tracks. That being said, there are other issues to be discussed here. It is 2013, it seems almost everything in our world is controlled by "smart elctronics". Why are we still living with "dumb" traffic signals. Simple timers can be used to adjust traffic signals accordingly during peak traffic hours. A longer open signal at the Church Street intersection with McCrimmon west bound, and an adjusted longer stop signal at McCrimmon and 54 during these high traffic times would stop the back up at the railroad crossing at McCrimmon and 54. Redo the government contracts and start installing traffic signals that provided maximum public safety, not maximum gov profit.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 9, 2:08 p.m.

    The lord was with this lady. Glad she is alive today.

  • speckledmytrout Jan 9, 2:05 p.m.

    Does the drivers insurance company get the bill for damages and cleanup resources?

  • speckledmytrout Jan 9, 2:02 p.m.

    concerned- You can take all the photo's you want but if I know for certain I won't be able to clear that crossing I don't move forward. The drivers behind me don't make my driving decisions.
    guess some people missed a few of life's early lessons: Look both ways before you cross and if you missed that then there's the followup: You gotta be tough if your going to be stupid.

  • dukefanv12 Jan 9, 1:51 p.m.

    Why do I feel that this is just another example of a long list of 'situations' that this lady has unknowningly and completely unaware that she got herself into. A train wreck waiting to happen, pun intented....

  • Nancy Jan 9, 1:43 p.m.

    " can guarantee all the so called " do not stop on rail road track poster" would find there smiling faces captured standing smack in the middle of the rail road track. Easy and sit back and talk down to others." - concerned in wake county

    And yet, there you are doing the same thing, talking down to "all the so called 'do not stop on rail road track poster' by saying that they do exactly that.

    You would be seriously mistaken. Seriously.

  • mpheels Jan 9, 1:37 p.m.

    Oh, and she may have been "smart" enough to save her own skin, but she put a lot of other people at risk with her "smart" driving. She's lucky she didn't cause any serious injuries to anyone on the train.

  • mpheels Jan 9, 1:35 p.m.

    Actually, Concerned_in Wake_County, you would never see me with my car stopped on the railroad tracks. You also wouldn't see me stopped in the middle of an intersection after the light changes. Unlikely so many drivers around here, there are at least a few of us that paid attention in driver's ed and now pay attention while driving. If I can't be 100% sure I can get all the way across the tracks, I wait. If I can't get all the way through the intersection, I wait. If it means sitting through another light cycle, oh well, I'd rather wait than get hit.

  • pause to consider Jan 9, 1:35 p.m.

    She proceeded onto the tracks by following traffic. She did not allow for clearance for a train because she didn't think of it. (see my earlier post) She pinned her car on the tracks by following stopped traffic ahead of her and the car following her also blocked her in. It was nobody's fault but her own. I'm also very glad she didn't panic and got out of the car safely!

  • PracticalMagick Jan 9, 1:23 p.m.

    I dunno...I have the kind of luck that dictates if it can go wrong, it probably will, so I avoid stopping over tracks. I heard on the news this morning that she did get cited for stopping on the tracks.

  • Bewitched Jan 9, 12:46 p.m.

    I like how the article says "her car came to a stop"....what, all by itself? SHE stopped her car on the tracks and you are NOT supposed to do that! Common sense and law abiding goes a long way.

  • Concerned_in Wake_County Jan 9, 12:44 p.m.

    Wow reading all the comments is quite interesting... people talking about not stopping on rail tracks when they are in traffic...I wish there were camera on all the railroad tracks in our area.... I can guarantee all the so called " do not stop on rail road track poster" would find there smiling faces captured standing smack in the middle of the rail road track.
    Easy and sit back and talk down to others.

    All i can say is that the lady was smart.... did not panic ... and saved her life. Her family and friends still have her with them today..... an angel was watching over her and guided her to safety.
    The next time you are in a spot like this just hope and pray an angel is watching over you who guides you to safety.

    IT IS VERY EASY TO FIND FAULTS.... Next time any one of you have to use city/state services... I hope you absolutely need them... and not waste our money.

  • gingerlynn Jan 9, 12:42 p.m.

    nano, you are absolutely right. Three years ago two young boys were killed in Durham when the mother got "trapped" on the tracks in traffic. She managed to get out....

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/6588348/

  • jcthai Jan 9, 12:33 p.m.

    At least (so far) she hasn't admitted that she wasn't paying attention to where she stopped because she was talking on her cell phone.

  • jcthai Jan 9, 12:32 p.m.

    nano, you say to treat it like you would a street intersection. Er, I don't know where you have been driving, but most drivers around hear treat intersections like they do train crossings, they stop in them.

  • Malaki Jan 9, 12:30 p.m.

    I, too, am thankful that she wasn't hurt, but how many times do you hear about NOT pulling onto railroad tracks. If there is traffic you have to make sure you can safely get over the tracks. Otherwise wait.

    nano - You are so right. I can't even think what the outcome would have been if she had a child (especially a baby) in the car.

  • pause to consider Jan 9, 12:30 p.m.

    Classic "It'll never happen to me" syndrome. This person will probably say she knew better than to stop on the tracks, but.... she did it didn't she?! Two things I know I'll never do: Never stop on RR tracks, especially with any traffic in front of me and second, never argue with an armed person or law enforcement officer. Most people are responsible for their own early demise.

  • Nancy Jan 9, 12:29 p.m.

    When people do things like she did (intentionally stopping on RR tracks) it makes me feel that possessing common sense is now in the rocket scientist category...

  • Nancy Jan 9, 12:22 p.m.

    The car was not "stuck" - she sat on the tracks in traffic at a red light, SHE chose to sit on the tracks.

  • Whosays Jan 9, 12:08 p.m.

    Why do people sit on tracks in traffic?

  • ncouterbanks69 Jan 9, 11:50 a.m.

    Seldom see a story where all posters are in agreement. She should have to pay for all the emergency response too. People like this is the reason insurance rates are so high.

    That is exactly correct. She should have her license revoked and stop costing the rest of us money.

  • nano Jan 9, 11:49 a.m.

    FE, if there is a lawsuit, I hope it gets tossed out. Otherwise, I hope she faces a judge like Judge Judy!

  • nano Jan 9, 11:45 a.m.

    She was darned lucky she wasn't hurt. Imagine if she'd had a baby strapped into a car seat, or a toddler? Never, ever just stop on train tracks. If there's a line of traffic, treat it as you would a street intersection, and don't park your car in the middle. Frankly, her insurance should be revoked.

  • FE Jan 9, 11:21 a.m.

    I would not be at all surprised to see some victim lawsuits start appearing.

    Let's see, some likely candidates: Amtrak, the engineer, NCDOT, crossing gate manufacturer, Town of Morrisville, maker of car.

    Did I omit any?

    FE

  • jeffdewitt Jan 9, 11:16 a.m.

    First of all I'm really glad this lady is OK and no one got hurt.

    Second... you DON'T STOP on the railroad tracks!! There is a reason why there all those signs telling you not to do so, plus the flashing lights and stop arms.

  • common tater Jan 9, 11:08 a.m.

    Seldom see a story where all posters are in agreement. She should have to pay for all the emergency response too. People like this is the reason insurance rates are so high.

  • chattycat Jan 9, 11:02 a.m.

    My only guess for getting into a situation like this is some sort of brain disability. The woman should not be driving at all.

  • sbr1963 Jan 9, 10:57 a.m.

    People are always in such a big rush these days! If they can just pull out in front of somebody or pull up 5 feet they will get to where they are going faster! Gee lady, how much later than normal did you get home last night? Use common sense people, you NEVER stop on a railroad track. Was all the fuss worth it?

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 9, 10:27 a.m.

    by gollie...people will learn to use common sense the old fashioned way...one car at a time.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Jan 9, 10:17 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure there's a big sign that tells people to not stop on the tracks.......although I find it unfortunate that such a thing has to be pointed out to anyone. She was tailgating her way across the tracks and this is the result. Her fault and no one else's.

  • joewalsh Jan 9, 9:49 a.m.

    Where I was born your taught not to go onto the tracks unless you can cross over them. You NEVER ever stop on railroad tracks. Hopefully the very intelligent person has learned a lesson. Her need to get home made many people even later. If this was a passenger train they were made late also!! Take her license away !!!

  • lfields2 Jan 9, 9:45 a.m.

    All I can say is DUHHH...

  • rk1115 Jan 9, 9:43 a.m.

    Driving 101 - if you can't safely cross train tracks, should you stop on or before the tracks?

    guess she got that question wrong. She's probably on that also stops in the middle of a crowded intersection.

  • Red Vertigo Jan 9, 9:43 a.m.

    The driver should be arrested and charged for endangering other people lives and damage to private and the town’s property. The state installs the do not stop on the tracks sign for a reason.
    I’d go further and put a large billboard with her face on it and the picture of her wrecked Toyota next to the railroad crossing. This should discourage other careless drivers from stopping on railroad tracks.

  • dejavu2u Jan 9, 9:32 a.m.

    This woman is responsible for all damage - her car, the train, crossing gates and road. Fortunately no nearby innocent persons were hurt. Stay off the tracks and leave a GAP! Trains always have the right of way!

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 9, 9:32 a.m.

    Unless something goes terribly wrong, There is only one place you can get hit by a train. Ya' think it would be obvious ?

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 9, 9:29 a.m.

    RE : Sujana Kolluru said she was on her way home from work when "her car came to a stop on the tracks in heavy traffic".

    The picture is worth a thousand words.

  • FE Jan 9, 9:24 a.m.

    This lady is very fortunate to still be alive.

    However, it is fundamental common sense that you never (should I repeat that?) NEVER get into a situation where you are "trapped" on railroad tracks. Just wait (yes, around here probably endure some impatient people using their horns!) until you have a clear path to go from one side of the railroad tracks to the other without stopping.

    Back in the "dark ages" I thought that was a fundamental concept taught in drivers ed classes, as well as how (not) to react if your front wheel went off the edge of the highway. From various recent news stories, apparently not.

    FE

  • JDAmbrosio Jan 9, 9:10 a.m.

    My friend's husband works for Amtrak and you wouldn't believe how many people's cars get hit by trains because they didn't use common sense. No one thinks about the people driving the trains, about how awful it is for them to see a vehicle on the tracks and not knowing if there's a person (or baby!) in it. People, you HAVE TO use common sense! They should require the driver of the vehicle (or owner of the vehicle) to pay for all repairs to the train - SEPARATE from the auto insurance payout for the car.

  • LocalYokel Jan 9, 9:07 a.m.

    seconds or minutes? stuck or stopped?

    Don't stop on the tracks and let a train hit your car or you will have to make up stories of how it happened.

  • GALNC Jan 9, 9:06 a.m.

    Whether or not her car stalled...is not the issue.

    "Simple lesson taught in driver's ed....if you don't have enough room to get your ENTIRE car across the tracks, STOP! I've been in this intersection plenty of times where the person in front of me has the back half of their car on the tracks. People deserve what they get when they don't think about their actions."

    What the heck is she thinking pulling on the tracks at a stop light. You have no where to go if the train is coming or if your car stalls.... DUH!!!

    Pay for the damage and stupidity of your actions.

  • GravyPig Jan 9, 8:56 a.m.

    "he probably had to come to a full stop and his tires got stuck."

    You aren't going to have your tires get stuck in a railroad crossing. IF it were possible, then the crossings would be designed to eliminate this issue. According to the article, it appears the car cut off and would not restart, or the driver stopped on the tracks and chose to get out and run versus driving through the stop arms.

  • Enough is Enough People Jan 9, 8:33 a.m.

    I was actually on 54 and saw this happen. The lady was clearly in the wrong. People like that should not be allowed to drive. Hope they send her the bill for all the damage she caused.

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