Amtrak #6(04) vs. Trailer in Colorado

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Cal

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I saw that on Amtrak Alerts and transit docs. Glad the driver is okay.

For the passenger, it's a shame. They will miss some of the good scenery
 

oregon pioneer

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Drivers often don't take the added length from pulling a trailer into account, when they are trying to pull across traffic (whether on the rails or roads). I once had a pickup with a horse trailer try to cross a busy highway in front of me. The truck cleared the land with no trouble, but with the 4-horse trailer behind it, I tested the brakes on my Honda Civic to their utmost! Not sure the driver even noticed they had nearly caused a crash.
 

LookingGlassTie

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I read a comment on the FB post about this incident that it can be difficult to see trains coming at that particular crossing.

So even when one operates on the assumption that a train could come at any time, it's still hard to see if one is actually approaching.

I'm glad no one was hurt, either on the train or in the truck.
 

Cal

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Looks like they swapped the engines around as the unit that took the hit, AMTK 51, was the trailing unit as #6(04) came through Iowa almost seven hours late this afternoon.
Thanks for the update.
 
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