Ohio Investigator July 28, 2010 at 9:33pm
I have investigated over 300 RR crossing crashes in the last 20 years. I have found many incidents where the Engineer failed to sound the horn or did it a second or two before impact. Also, the RR industry claims the warning devices at crossings are "fail-safe", but that is a monstrous lie. Some rust on just one rail can defeat the detection device, called the Track Circuit. As I tell people who immediately blame the driver WITHOUT knowing the facts, "don't jump to false conclusions."