I was surprised that I was the first to post here. I'd seen several posts on FB but I was on my phone, so waited till I was on my computer to postBeat me to the site by a few minutes!
Apparently happened late this morning, train shows as on time out of Williston, but didn't make it onto any of our news sites here in MT until an hour ago.
That is because I depend on someone else to post here. The AU Facebook page takes a lot of time to keep in a sane state, what with exploding membership.I was surprised that I was the first to post here. I'd seen several posts on FB but I was on my phone, so waited till I was on my computer to post
Well the first car behind the locos was a sleeper. Likely wouldn’t have been an issue if the baggage car was behind the engines, followed by the passenger cars.The article that Siegmund posted mentions a fire resulting from the crash, and describes passengers who couldn't exit through their windows because of fire, and one who stomped out flames on the floor before she exited. It also mentions that all 64 passengers had minor injuries. I hadn't realized that a tractor could do so much damage. From the photos and description of a small, quickly-extinguished fire, I'm guessing that the fire resulted from ignition of whatever the tractor was spraying; does anyone have more insight into that?
In that case have a spotter with a clear view assist you over the tracks. If he can't think two moves ahead he doesn't belong at the controls of a commercial vehicle.It is not a small tractor and, if the farmer was moving it from one place to another (not spraying,) it may have been difficult for the driver to see the train
The vast majority of grade crossing "accidents" are completely preventable with even minimal safety measures. It's doubtful that farmer's death sentence was written yesterday. He's probably made several half-blind crossings in the past and it only just now caught up to him.That's understandable. How sad for everyone involved.
We have a few "crossings" near us that are more of a "driveway" than a "road" - and they do not have cross-arms. To describe just where they are someone may indeed use the "mile marker" of the US highway the track runs parallel to.given the 'mile 653' comment in several of the articles, I gather the accident was likely on "Road 1013" some 6 miles west of Bainville
I seriously doubt a farmer would be spraying anything flammable on crops - most agricultural sprays are water basedI'm guessing that the fire resulted from ignition of whatever the tractor was spraying;
I agree that'd be wise - but I can't say I've seen it done regularly with farm machinery. (And re the last bit - I am not aware of any jurisdiction that holds farmers to anything like commercial-vehicle standards for training and safety. In Montana and several other western states, operating a tractor and "temporarily driving it on a highway" does not even require a driver's license.)In that case have a spotter with a clear view assist you over the tracks. If you can't think two moves ahead you don't belong in the drivers seat of a commercial vehicle.
Quite probably several hundred or several thousand of them.It's doubtful that farmer's death sentence was written yesterday. He's probably made several half-blind crossings in the past and it only just now caught up to him.
This article came out yesterday:I can imagine what it's like hitting a 30+ ton tractor at 79 MPH!
Almost a week after the accident, I'm actually surprised they haven't released the victim's name yet. I would think they'd have released his name by now.
Gee, if he had been farming ever since 1974, who knows what he was thinking as he pulled into the train's path?This article came out yesterday:
Man killed in Hi-Line train crash with Amtrak train ID'd
That was hard.