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Snowplow Driver Killed by Amtrak

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Snowplow Driver Killed by Amtrak
Posted by alphas on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:19 AM

According to the AccuWeather site, driver was one of 3 killed by storm.  Happened in Longmeadow, MA.   No details were given.

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:48 PM
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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:44 PM

wanswheel

Not to make light of it - Amtrak Snow Plows beat highway snow plows.

Backing onto a railroad crossing??????

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Posted by zugmann on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:27 PM

That sucks.  Sounds like a simple tragic accident.

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Posted by cx500 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:22 PM

Quite possibly the driver was concentrating on plowing the road, a task probably made more complex in the vicinity of the grade crossing.  When very focussed on one task, it becomes easy to forget about other outside influences.  More than one grader operator working on a gravel road has been killed or injured at a grade crossing.

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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:37 PM

Accident report from a similar crossing accident on CN between Lloydminister and North Battleford, SK.  The driver was killed in this one too.

http://tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/2013/r13e0015/r13e0015.asp

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:44 PM

zugmann

That sucks.  Sounds like a simple tragic accident.

 

... and sadly the plow driver probably screwed-up, not Amtrak.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:00 PM

cx500
Quite possibly the driver was concentrating on plowing the road, a task probably made more complex in the vicinity of the grade crossing.  When very focussed on one task, it becomes easy to forget about other outside influences.  More than one grader operator working on a gravel road has been killed or injured at a grade crossing.

Target fixation.  Tell pilots about it!Devil

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:49 PM

An officially closed crossing ?  The possible legal finger pointing boggles the mind.  Status box says closed.

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 Crossing#StateRrTypePositionStatusMilepostCountyCityDivisionSubDivisionBranchStreet
  501939D MA CR Public At Grade Closed 0057.14 HAMPDEN LONGMEADOW NORTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND HARTFORD LINE BIRNIE ROAD
   
   

 

 

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