Me, I drive for my family's livelihood, but I have always had a fear of railroad track crossings.
I stop at railroad tracks even when I've never seen a train EVER on those tracks. Yesterday, here in our hometown, a woman apparently tried to beat a train, or she was distracted by something, deadly:
POTEAU, Okla. —Four people were killed and one person was injured after a train hit a car in Poteau, according to Assistant Police Chief Greg Russell.
The crash happened as the railroad tracks cross Dewey Avenue (Main street).
Poteau police say five people were traveling in a Chevrolet Malibu around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when the car attempted to cross the tracks at the intersection, which does not have crossing bars.
The car came to rest 133 feet north of the tracks, and two of the passengers on the backseat were ejected.
There were five people in the car, according to the Poteau Police Chief. The driver, 37-year-old April Goines, and three juvenile male passengers were killed. The fifth passenger was a juvenile female, who flown to St. John's in Tulsa.
The Kansas City Southern train's conductor and engineer are physically fine. The train did not derail.
Our hearts go out for the Goines family of Panama, Ok, for the loss of the mother and her three boys. What a tragedy, what a preventable tragedy.
Yes, there should be railroad crossing arms at that intersection of the KCS; but that is the only route to the Poteau Hospital, at the top of the hill, at the end of Dewey Street.
What would ambulances do in a similar situation?
I'll bet that an investigation will find that Ms. Goines was going to the hospital emergency room with one of her children, and thought that her emergency out-weighed a long wait for the KCS train.