Police: Train Crashes into Tractor Trailer at Gainesville Railroad Crossing

This is the second time in two months a train has crashed into a vehicle in this area.

Traffic at a busy intersection in Gainesville was brought to halt at the height of rush hour on Wednesday after police said a train struck a tractor-trailer stopped on the tracks.

It happened just after 5 p.m. at a railroad crossing on Lee Highway (Route 29) near Interstate 66 and Route 55.

The crash caused traffic delays for about two hours until the scene was cleared, according to a Facebook post by Prince William County Police.

No injuries were reported.

This is the second time in two months that a train has crashed into a vehicle stopped on the tracks in this area.

On Dec. 19, a driver disregarded the signs and roadway markings and stopped on the tracks, Prince William Police Officer Dennis Jensen said in an earlier report. 

The train was unable to stop and struck the rear of the car, according to police reports.

The driver involved in the crash was charged with the incident while two other motorists stopped in the no-stopping zone around the tracks were ticketed, police said.

Is this Gainesville railroad crossing especially dangerous? Tell us in the comments now.

BP March 01, 2013 at 09:31 PM
These tracks are all caddy whompus so how do you know where they are with all the stripes painted on the street like a maze? The gates up say go traffic go ---the sign says do not stop here on red --- but yet a driver is supposed to be physic to know where their vehicle will be stopped in a stream of moving traffic. Where do the railroads find you Stockholm syndrome clueless people at anyhow??
streufjm March 11, 2013 at 12:01 AM
BP - in regard to both accidents referred to, in BOTH cases the dipshot drivers failed to wait OFF the tracks until several car lengths of open road were available in their lane BEFORE MOVING ONTO THE TRACK. How is this the train's fault. Just another dummess American thinking they can do whatever and it will be someone else's fault. Darwin had it right. The train was NOT at fault for someone else's stupid mistake!
Amy W. March 21, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Today I had a conversation with a local businessman and yesterday (3/20/13) he was traveling on 29N towards 66 when he noticed a school bus loaded with children on the train tracks, a train was coming and the driver barely got out of the way, the arms of the railroad track had actually come down and hit the roof of the rear of the bus. I was appalled to hear this and wish someone had called the school bus farm and county to make them aware of this. Again, people have to start leaving space between them and the cars in front because of the red light. This could have been a catastrophic event and it certainly worries me that children who are depending on a safe driver could lose their lives over someone's stupidity! I would suggest if anyone sees something like this happen to call the authorities, get the bus number, or license plate and make the call.
BP March 21, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Why not call the railroad bought Feds and report the crossing signal failure on the caddy whompus crossing? Whoops --make that 911 because the Feds would lose the complaint.
Diane Mederos April 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM
The judge dismissed all charges against the driver of the Jeep on 12/19/12, because no laws were broken.


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