Posted by Chris Kilroy on March 14, 2004 
Geez. There seem to be more idiots at the crossings down by FX Tower than anywhere else I've ever seen. Fortunately this one didn't pay the price!
Posted by Chris Paulhamus on March 14, 2004 
Looks like Darwin just missed another one. How fast was the train moving? It's too bad there is no front license plate so you could send that photo to the police and that idiot's insurance.
Posted by Michael William Sullivan on June 25, 2004 
He passed 4 cars, whats that like 50 ft? If that train hit him, he would have been that x 10 down the track as a disfigured ball of scrap metal on the front of that SD... People really amaze me, they really do...
Posted by GL on July 15, 2004 
So how come none of the locomotive's lights are on?
Posted by on December 26, 2004 
The FOOL thought he would miss the game. I admit I like ballgames too, but I wouldn't ran a railroad crossing getting there! I'm more of a railfan than a ballgame fan. Games these day don't fasinate anymore. The Law needs to prescute these FOOLS that they are. Making a law than not enforcing it makes no sense to me!
Posted by William Grimes on January 28, 2005 
Do they give handicap parking permits to mentaly handicap people, 'cuz of so he's got one.
Posted by terry bogard on March 8, 2005 
Posted by TheTeenageRailfan on April 16, 2005 
That would have made a nice metal-human sandwich for the tow trucks. You should send this in to operation lifesaver. Very nice photo, very stupid driver.
Posted by mc5725 on June 15, 2005 
That handicap permit was bought ahead of time, by the way. I hate it when people do this. It's only so four minutes of their precious time isn't wasted. The train is parked, I take it.
Posted by chucknlead on April 26, 2006 
I thought this was staged. The flags behind the cab of the truck indicate that the truck is moving and not parked. The crossing gate is down and the engine's lights are on if you look closely. It looks authentic; can anyone be that absent minded?
Posted by STEVE SPEARS on September 28, 2006 
Bad...VERY bad!!
Posted by Underdog on October 19, 2006 
Good call, Glen. No headlight or dithclights. Someone got time off for that.
Posted by JLVIII on October 21, 2006 
The headlights are on if you look real close. During the day at that angle, they are hard to see. What an idiot that driver is, just think what the crew is thinking if they aren't already on the floor.
Posted by Matthew J. Ryan on March 22, 2007 
And the Darwin Award winner is....
Posted by Dave on March 24, 2007 
I do'n think this train is moving.
Posted by Kevin on April 27, 2008 
If you look at the exhaust stacks, you can see some heat distortion on the trees in the background...
Posted by Adam Pinales on December 10, 2008 
Who cares if it is moving or not, i see this everyday, as i am an engineer, if any of you really consider this photo, you'll notice the multiple tracks, so this train, stopped or not, is blocking the view of a possible moving train. All joking aside, i have hit seven cars in eight years, and you never forget any of them. Look Listen Live I dont feel bad anymore, unless it is a bad situation like a true honest accident, which in thee situations are very very rare. None of mine where. Be safe out there.
Posted by Hunter The Photographer on January 13, 2009 
The passenger's face is priceless, I mean really! Good catch, bad idea.
Posted by Rick Hendricks on May 7, 2009 
On the BNSF, our Resource Protection Team (BNSF Police) tell us that they don't necessarily need a license plate to track the offending vehicle down. Even tho it's been 2 years, I'd still turn this photo in to the nearest CSXT officer (Trainmaster, etc.) since the logic behind this idiot is usually "I survived it once, I can do it again...", or the nearest Operation Lifesaver representative. I see this crap all the time and turn in a "crossing near miss" card on the offending vehicle(s) constantly, mostly without license plate info. Good luck! Rick Hendricks Licensed Engineer, BNSF Railway
Posted by L. F. Tucker on September 6, 2009 
Pure stupdity on the driver's part. I'm pretty sure he will never forget it, though. I actually had a very similar experience in my teenaged years, although there was no gate or lights at the crossing, and the crossing sign was missing, most likely stolen by some kids and hung on their bedroom wall. It was an unfamilar part of town, and I didn't realize there were tracks until I was almost on them, and as I glanced to my left, there was the engine, blowing its horn. I learned to be much more observant and careful after that. Thankfully, since the incident, the sign has been replaced, and gates have been added.
Posted by HondaPilot1103 on October 13, 2009 
CSXT 8954 was all ready to hand it to him! I love SD45s!
Posted by Logan M. Snider on January 14, 2010 
Has anyone thought to ask the photographer what happened? If he says it's moving, it's moving. If not then ok. It's parked. This is a good catch to send in to Operation Lifesaver if it is moving. I've seen people run tracks when the lights at a crossing are on. One time it was a woman with kids in the van...
Posted by John Shoener on March 25, 2010 
My Dad was a conductor on the BN and would bring his Canon AE-1 and his telephoto lens on the train. He'd get shots of the cars going across and then their license plate. There were a few stunned people to find special agents and the police knocking on their door after pulling these stunts.
Posted by Aaron C. Schlegel on December 25, 2010 
No lights on the loco. I would tend to beleive that the enginge was standing still and people got sick of waiting.
Posted by BJ on June 8, 2012 
That's a keeper.
Posted by Paul Flaherty on October 9, 2012 
I see the truck was running as an extra (see the flags!).
Posted by WarthogCC on January 14, 2017 
No lights on the loco and no engineer at the helm. But there is evidence of heat shimmer coming off the top. Which means it was running, but not moving. Probably waiting for a busy switch to clear up ahead before making the crossing. And if the driver was going that fast, why is there no dirt or dust thrown up behind the trucks wheels? And why is the suspension not at full travel (or the wheels coming off the ground) as he hit the bump at that speed? You can clearly see the amount of incline at the crossing was pretty steep at the left of the photo.
Posted by N Kent Loudon on July 18, 2017 
Some people are just idiots in general. Just the other day I made a quick stop at a traffic light (no railroad involved). The person behind me overtook me on the shoulder and blew through the light!
Posted by MRL4403 on November 30, 2017 
And the world wondered why so many people are killed by trains, its rarely a trains fault or faulty crossings or horn, its always some stupid who runs the tracks as they cant wait a few minutes for a train.
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