Train engine hits semi in Brooklyn Park

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 4:36 PM

A train engine struck a semitrailer truck Tuesday morning at a crossing in Brooklyn Park.

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DufferHFeb. 26, 13 2:05 PM

No excuse. The crossing is clearly marked. But I often seeing people driving through the flashing signals.

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rebelskichickFeb. 26, 13 2:27 PM

Truckers at this intersection frequently sit for the light hanging over the tracks...it was only a matter of time. Driver responsibility plain and simple

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pipdipchipFeb. 26, 13 2:52 PM

Because it was only two engines and not a full train with cars I'm guessing the truck driver looked and didn't see the two engines coming. Not an excuse but I bet that's what happened.

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dnord651Feb. 26, 13 2:54 PM

Even if there isn't a train coming through, the entitled Minnesota drivers still sit on the tracks. I see it more often than not. Especially at this intersection. This is just one of many problems with the drivers education and traffic enforcement in this state. The best is when you call someone out on their mistakes (like this one), they treat you like you are in the wrong.

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EWernerFeb. 26, 13 2:55 PM

People are generally in a hurry for no reason. Truck driver should loose their license after this one because that intersection has no visual obstructions so seeing two locomotives should have been no problem. Plus the train horn blowing should have been a good sign.

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lolorocksFeb. 26, 13 5:35 PM

And people have the nerve to complain about how loud and how long we have to blow those horns. A locomotive usually weights 430,000 lbs that's just one locomotive. I see it all to often, people racing to make it thru crossings it's not worth it folks just wait the few minutes it usually takes a train to clear the crossing. Even if you have to wait 10 minutes its better than getting hit by a train.

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horsewagledFeb. 27, 1312:05 AM

Evidence let go 1. The train has video of this --- a public paid for thing ---Where is the video??? 2. The train had a event recorder of brakes,lights, horns, etc...public paid for with humongous overcharges---Where are the event recorder readings??? 3. The crossing signal housing has a event recorder with gate operation ---.public paid for with humongous overcharges---Where is the crossing house readings? 4. The crossing maintainer has a hand held that would show if the automated signals were calling him/her to come fix them. Where is the hand held??? 5. The drug/alcohol tests on the train crew are? 6. The railroad control center recording is?

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