Trains Nearly Collide Head-On Near Lexington Neighborhood

How did two trains nearly crash head on in Lexington?
That's what norfolk southern officials are trying to figure out.
The close call came just before 5:00pm Tuesday on the railroad tracks near Spurr Rd. and Greendale Rd.
Norfolk Southern officials say one train ran a red light and remained on the track that another train was already on.
The trains came within 700 feet of each other before the emergency brakes on both trains were used.
A Norfolk Southern spokesperson calls the incident a very rare occurrence and says the Federal Railroad Administration has been notified.


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  • by Sammy Location: Davisville on Apr 4, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    To Lee in Lexington: Nice going, Lee. Instead of blaming the real estate agent, maybe you or your wife should have noticed the railroad tracks adjacent to the property..........maybe then one of you could have had a clue! LOSERS!!!! by the way, to all of you complaining about trains and railroads, remember this; THE TRAINS WERE THERE FIRST!!!!
  • by Rick Location: Chicago on Mar 24, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    To the "anonymous" poster below:In The Websters New World Dictionary of The American Language, Second College Edition, copyrighted 1984, on page 657, the word "hero" is defined thirdly as "any man admired for his qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model." Now let me see if I understand your comment in your post. By your way of thinking, no soldier, sailor, marine, etc.,nor any firefighter or law enforcement officer, can be called a "hero" simply because they are well trained,alert,acting in a professional manner, etc. As for "dark territory," my closeted railroader friend,the switch itself didn't fail...it's wires were accidentally crossed by an electrician who worked on it earlier. You don't know what you're talking about, and the engineer responsible for averting the collision SHOULD be called a hero. So few actually get to make a difference in a real way on their job, but this guy did. I feel sorry for you in the "dark territory" of an insignificant life.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 21, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    Overpasses over every railroad crossing? GREAT IDEA! You all want to pony up the cash to build them? How about a large tax increase to fund their construction? No? THEN HOW ABOUT PAYING ATTENTION WHEN YOU GET TO A CROSSING WHETHER THE SIGNALS ARE ON OR NOT, AND QUIT BLAMING EVERYBODY ELSE! Fact of the matter is, trains are bigger than cars, cannot stop on a dime, and essentially will always have the right of way. Basically, if a train hits a car, it's the car driver's fault.
  • by Bustoff Location: Washington D.C. on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    Hey "Anonymous" I can call them heroes if I so desire. The term was, in fact appropriate, so get lost!
  • by annon. Location: north-east on Mar 21, 2008 at 03:53 AM
    seems like dark territory is a lot better then the CTC. much safer having a dispatcher direct the trains and know where every one is all the time so this near disaster doesnt happen. it is so easy for signals to malfunction. and the crews are not heros, they are doing a job. dont call someone a hero because they were alert, have good traning, and know what to do.
  • by Bustoff Location: Washington, D.C. on Mar 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    Norfolk-Southern RR has discovered that this near-collision was NOT the fault of either train crew, NOT a computer error, but the result of a wiring error which occured earlier that day, on the signal switch in question. The engineer driving the northbound train is responsible, through his fast and professional actions, for averting a potentially huge rail disaster, which could certainly have cost not only property, but lives as well, not to mention, potentially millions of dollars in long-lasting litigation for the railroad! These train crews, and especially that one quick-thinking engineer, should be commended both privately AND publicly, for their professionalism in doing what most people don't realize, is a difficult, and demanding job. These are facts, by the way, that both the railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration are already aware of after their own investigation. It would be nice if the media would report these facts, so the crews could be commended as heroes!
  • by Fix all of them Location: Ky on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    If the crossings were all made to underpass instead of cross, vehicles and trains would never have a problem.It is kind-da like the 18 wheelers on the road. They carry supplies to many places so all of us will have what we need.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    My son was also on the train that is being accused of running a stop signal. Again it was signal error and not the train crews fault. Anyone wonder why the news hasn't done a recant on the story. My son has already been cleared and the railroad wanted him to go back out the next morning as nothing had happened. With out any sleep mind you.
  • by judy on Mar 19, 2008 at 06:28 PM
    gomez that is a stupid comment( how cruel .)
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    of course its a problem, lives would be lost, if that doesn't bother you than their is something wrong with you
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