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Old September 2nd, 2007, 07:44 PM   #101
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I once met a car in the opposite direction with a velocity of 130 km/h on one of the main highways near Prague. One driver´s mistake and we did not have to be alive.

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Old September 4th, 2007, 06:03 PM   #102
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All people other than myself are stupid when it comes to driving on highways and freeways! Get off MY roads!
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Old September 8th, 2007, 11:13 PM   #103
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This is not a motorway, but these people are stupid enough to be in this thread. A railroad crossing in Tallinn:
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Old September 9th, 2007, 12:16 AM   #104
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why stupid? i would do the same.
the barrier is not down yet
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Old September 9th, 2007, 01:47 AM   #105
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why stupid? i would do the same.
the barrier is not down yet
Somewhat true, but strictly speaking when you see the signals flashing it already may be unsafe to jump the barrier. What if the barrier happens to be broken? After all, it's a mechanical device. The signals and the bell signify that there is a train approaching, so I would at least slow down to make sure I don't see a train. Even when the signals aren't flashing it's a good idea to slow down at least, to make sure there are no trains.
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Old September 9th, 2007, 12:10 PM   #106
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You're right about the possibility of mechanical failure. There is a railway crossing near my home with light signals, but for some reason they weren't working so a car was hit by a locomotive about a week ago. Fortunately the speeds were small and nothing serious happen, but accidents at railway crossing are very common in Estonia and people don't learn at all. This happened yesterday morning when a truck was hit by a commuter train: http://www.krimi.ee/2007/09/08/rongi...eli-kannatanut
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Old September 9th, 2007, 01:29 PM   #107
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here in Croatia this is the same as you pass through red at traffic lights, so no good at all

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Old September 12th, 2007, 04:31 AM   #108
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In Portugal a few months ago a driver decided to drive around the barriers in a railway crossing, the excuse being because he knew the place like the back of his hand and it's something he used to do frequently, but one day the train came a bit faster.. and we all know how it ended...
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Old September 12th, 2007, 04:41 AM   #109
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Did he survive to tell about this little habit he had?
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Old September 13th, 2007, 05:27 PM   #110
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Somewhat true, but strictly speaking when you see the signals flashing it already may be unsafe to jump the barrier. What if the barrier happens to be broken? After all, it's a mechanical device. The signals and the bell signify that there is a train approaching, so I would at least slow down to make sure I don't see a train. Even when the signals aren't flashing it's a good idea to slow down at least, to make sure there are no trains.
In Israel if i would slow down i would get so meny beeping behind me and people would stop near me to say what they think about me and my mother
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stupid driver in Russia




i don't unerstand how such people get license.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 06:36 PM   #112
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Did he survive to tell about this little habit he had?
Apparently he used to brag about it in the village he lived in.. until the day of the incident, when he was hit by a few tens of tonnes of metal travelling at at speed of 100 miles per hour!
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Old September 13th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #113
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Apparently he used to brag about it in the village he lived in.. until the day of the incident, when he was hit by a few tens of tonnes of metal travelling at at speed of 100 miles per hour!
Actually,even the locomotive is over than 100tonnes. A packed freight train can be even 5000 tonnes.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #114
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I tried to, unsuccessfully, look up weights of trains. But basically he was turned into minced meat! Moral of the story: Bragging brings bad luck!
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Old September 13th, 2007, 08:06 PM   #115
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I tried to, unsuccessfully, look up weights of trains. But basically he was turned into minced meat! Moral of the story: Bragging brings bad luck!
An old hungarian steam engine weighted 140 tonnes with its coal car(?).
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Yes,train accidents are fatal. Numerous accidents happen in Hungary when some "I'm-a-big-guy-nothing-can-hurt-me" type driver crosses the tracks at red signal.
Drivers have some chance when this comes,

but when a monster like this comes with 80km/h and 40 freightcars.

Even truck drivers challenge their luck,but usually they loose. There was an accident a few years back,when a german tourist bus,full of german tourists, crossed the tracks near lake Balaton,and a train came...
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Old September 14th, 2007, 01:05 AM   #116
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There was an accident a few years back,when a german tourist bus,full of german tourists, crossed the tracks near lake Balaton,and a train came...
bus waas stucked in traffic jam at crossing when train came. i allways have that accident in my mind while crossing the railway and i'm allways affraid to be stuck if there is a lot of cars because i have that accident in my mind!

btw, trains in Europe are very rarely over 2000 t
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Old September 14th, 2007, 01:19 AM   #117
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I think your standard mainline railway is supposed to be able to handle 22.5 tons per axle safely. So yeah, we're taking about huge weights here, but not 5000 tons I'm afraid..
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Old September 14th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #118
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I think your standard mainline railway is supposed to be able to handle 22.5 tons per axle safely. So yeah, we're taking about huge weights here, but not 5000 tons I'm afraid..
Well,yes not in Europe,but trains elsewhere can be that heavy.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 05:41 PM   #119
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In my hometown, the beltway has traffic lights, with a red-light camera next to it.

Some guy drove there with 70km/h almost under the traffic lights, when the lights jumped to orange. That guy makes some emergency brake, and the car behind him (the car in front of me) couldn't brake that fast, and had to make a move to the left not to crash into the other car. I could brake fast enough, but what if a truck was behind him?

Those damn red-light camera only makes it unsafer on the road...
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Old September 14th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #120
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There is a railway crossing in Tallinn that has 2+2 lanes and lots of traffic. On a record day, 3 barriers were run down by cars
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