rohr turbo wrote:Has anyone seen a report whether the dump truck got stuck on the crossing (clearance issue, etc.) or was the truck driving just fine and ran the crossing?The latest I saw (which may or may not be current) the STB was investigating both possibilities but had not yet arrived at a conclusion.
FWIW - In a case where a truck becomes stuck on a high crossing, obviously the first thing the driver does is look for an approaching train. He MIGHT stay and try to move, but more likely he would exit the truck immediately if at all possible. You can do your own figuring from there.
Another point for consideration. The train was eastbound, there were 2 tracks and the train was on the south track. The left front of the locomotive struck the rear of the dump truck - not speculation, see the NTSB video I linked above, and read the remarks of the NTSB chairwoman. So if the rear of the truck was on the south track, the cab would seem to have been on or perhaps just past the north track, in other words mostly on the level. Again, you can do your own figuring from there.