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The car hits a tie every 2 feet or so as it’s being pushed sideways down the track.

Tie Tie Tie …

Thump Thunk Smash…
Two alive, two dead. It's a tie.

 

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Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) - Railroad Crossing Safety Fact Sheet
HS04-070A (1-06)
https://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/videoresource/fsrailroadcross.pdf

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Unfortunately, commercially licensed truck and semi-trailer drivers were involved in 24 percent of train/motor vehicle collisions in 1998. After a tractor-trailer comes to a stop at a railroad crossing, it takes 27 seconds to cross the track at 2 mph. A train traveling at 41 mph covers 660 feet—in 11 seconds, which is as far up the tracks as the truck driver can see. Those who drive for a living must practice crossing safety.
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AAh OOh, even with slow U.S. train system (vs EU & Japanese high-speed systems) The amount of time to see a freight train coming could be much less.

In many places in U.S. where graded road/train crossings exist the freight trains could be traveling 60-100mph!!

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Rail speed limits in the United States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_speed_limits_in_the_United_States


Freight trains

Class 4 Track type [us 2] 60 mph (97 km/h)
Chicago’s Metra & New England Central’s entire main line[11]

Class 5 Track type [us 3] 80 mph (130 km/h)
Union Pacific’s main line between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and North Platte, Neb and BNSF between Fullerton and San Diego, Calif.,[12] Brightline Capital Corridor San Joaquin

Class 6 Track type 110 mph (180 km/h)
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between New York and Washington, D.C.[13], Michigan

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https://railroads.dot.gov/highway-r...programs/railroad-crossing-safety/engineering

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High-Speed Rail at Grade Crossings The FRA’s goal for high-speed rail grade crossings is to achieve an acceptable level of grade crossing risk. Regulatory requirements for high-speed grade crossings are: 110 mph or less: Grade crossings are permitted. States and railroads cooperate to determine the needed warning devices, including passive crossbucks, flashing lights, two quadrant gates (close only 'entering' lanes of road), long gate arms, median barriers, and various combinations. Lights and/or gates are activated by circuits wired to the track (track circuits).

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Even way back to 1966 there were U.S. freight trains going almost 80mph.

What is the fastest freight train in America?

Dubbed the "World's Fastest Freight Train," the all-TOFC (trailer-on-flatcar, or "piggyback") and COFC (container-on-flatcar) train ran about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California on a 40-hour schedule.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_C_(freight_train)


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Santa Fe tried high-speed freight operations on its Illinois Division in late 1966. By year's end, passenger-geared GE U28CG locomotives took 19 piggyback cars from L.A.'s Hobart Yard to Chicago in 61 hours. On June 8, 1967 a joint run using New York Central's Flexi-Van container cars traveled from New York City to Los Angeles in 54 hours, 21 minutes. The Super C carried high-priority items such as auto parts and electronic components; the United States Post Office soon became a consistent customer. It was allowed 79 miles per hour (127 km/h).

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