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Connecticut DOT to install vehicle gates at RR crossing site of crash fatalities

GasBuddy Blog -- On Dec. 30, 2012 a vehicle by occupied by four kids in their late teens and early 20s tried to cross the Metro North Commuter Railroad tracks at the Long Ridge Road crossing in Redding.

The railroad's investigation indicates that the existing warning lights at the crossing were flashing when the car drove across the tracks. In fact, all of the train's warning systems —bells, whistles and lights— were operational at the time of the accident. The driver, 19, and a passenger, 21, were killed. Two others were severely injured.

Was the driver distracted? Music was "blaring" from the stereo of their Subaru when it struck the train according to the Danbury News Times. Is the railroad somehow at fault here?

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danlanman
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 6:10:34 AM

Repeat
honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 5:59:03 AM

it starts to sound like a nanny state where the government must protect individuals from their own stupidity...
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 5:55:10 AM

tomok: I rather those take themselves out at their expense. Can we say Darwin Award winners?
tomok
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:42:15 AM

Connecticut DOT to install vehicle gates at RR crossing site of crash fatalities. Some people may try to 'beat the train' at the railroad crossing and get caught doing so. Installing vehicle gates at the crossing will make sure everyone stops, except for the ones that go around them – then double gates (4) are needed!
This should be a railroad expense and not anything to do with taxpayers!
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:58:28 AM

Yea... blame the railroad company. Or the highway department that built the road.

How about, take some responsibility for one's own actions?? Oh wait.. that's SOOOOOO last century...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:58:43 AM

Why not the R/R?
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:53:37 AM

Old...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:53:10 AM

It would be nice to see these blog articles fall-off during the weekends, when they aren't updated.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:49:32 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:49:06 AM

They don't already have gates???
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:45:58 AM

rerun...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:43:40 AM

Old
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:42:04 AM

OK.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:39:40 AM

Good article, right opinion. Personal responsibility....
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:38:12 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:37:47 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:30:38 AM

Some people just don't respect trains and others don't respect passenger's lives, sounds like in this case it was both
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:30:15 AM

old
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:30:07 AM

Not gas price related
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:28:53 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:23:16 AM

I see Idiots drive around RR gates all the time
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:14:37 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:08:18 AM

Any word on what gas prices are doing?
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:05:35 AM

Don't just talk about it, do it!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:59:35 AM

Taxpayers once again paying for the dumbing down of the young and restless, personal responsibility be damned
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:53:51 AM

You can't save an idiot, from himself. I've seen people drive around, the gates.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:52:30 AM

It's up to the driver to be aware, whether or not safety
systems are functioning.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:46:30 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:45:33 AM

Too bad.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:37:06 AM

Until we are driving computerized cocoons, it's
up to the driver to be aware. This one was not,
apparently, and tried to argue with a train.
As someone else posted: can't fix stupid.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:34:08 AM

Amen billy
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:32:33 AM

Sad for the lost of life but you can't fix stupid. Thr train will win a race every time if it hits you you will not win.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:32:24 AM

Very sad.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:30:37 AM

Very sad, not the railroad's fault
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:30:06 AM

It's too SAD!!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:29:36 AM

Very sad.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:27:02 AM

Very sad
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:21:43 AM

SAD!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:21:29 AM

safe driving and responsibility start with the nut behine the wheel
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:17:34 AM

might be done when this story ends
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:17:23 AM

sad, but.....
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:14:19 AM

Surprising they had not been installed long ago. We have had them in California for at least 50 years and probably longer. I guess on the east coast some things don't change unless there is a major accident...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:14:03 AM

Sad
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:13:16 AM

Music should never be allowed to be blaring.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:13:01 AM

Old news from 3 days ago.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:12:29 AM

There's always some fools that will try to get around!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:11:37 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:08:41 AM

Still not fool proof.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:06:23 AM

All RR crossings need gates
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:04:59 AM

Tragic
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:04:10 AM

Still not idiot proof - drivers can still go around them...
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