On Thursday afternoon, departing students from Milwee Middle School in Longwood, particularly those who walk home at the end of the day, were asked to huddle in the gym and wait for buses to pick them up. Less than an hour earlier, a tractor trailer driver had been backing up for a supply drop off when his truck got caught between the crossing arms and the train signals of the Sunrail near Ronald Reagan Blvd. Apparently those in the vicinity were shouting at the driver to run, but within seconds, he was killed.
Locals have been seeing and reading about Sunrail accidents far too often this year. But what happened on Thursday seemed to represent a larger problem, and one that impacts anyone in Central Florida or the rest of the state who ever needs to drive over tracks. The problem? A frightening dissonance between motor vehicle drivers and the rules that govern a driver’s proximity to a railroad crossing. So for the record, here is a quick snippet from AAA about the rules in Florida regarding all railroad crossings:
Any person driving a school bus and approaching a railroad-highway grade crossing shall stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and shall not proceed until he or she can do so safely when a highway sign is indicating that a train is approaching or when the driver can hear or see an approaching train. Drivers of commercial vehicles shall slow before crossing the tracks and check that the tracks are clear of an approaching train.
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