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Truck hits Houston METRORail train

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12:56 p.m. CST January 23, 2004 HOUSTON- A truck hit a METRORail train Friday morning, knocking the light-rail train off the tracks, News2Houston reported.

The accident happened around 9 a.m. when a Union Pacific truck hit the train on Kirby at Holmes Road, officials said.

Investigators said the truck driver bypassed the railroad crossing arms, which were down, to cross the tracks. The light-rail train's emergency brakes were activated but the train was not able to stop in time.

The drivers of the truck and the train were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. The driver of the truck, identified as Christopher McGinnis, 30, was listed in serious condition with head injuries, and the METRORail driver was listed in stable condition.

The collision happened on the 1.7 mile-long test track that is not yet part of the public rail system. There were no passengers on the light-rail train.

It's the ninth accident involving a METRORail train since the system began operating.

Fifteen of 17 light rail vehicles have gone through the required testing. The vehicle involved in this incident is still going through the testing process.

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Poor Houston. It really is too car dependent. Even the trains can't keep the cars away. ;)

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Poor Houston. It really is too car dependent. Even the trains can't keep the cars away. ;)

Well, at least the train was hit by a train company truck. :D

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That accident was HMetro's 8th (maybe 9th, not sure) incident. Five incidents were while testing trams on tracks. All the other incidents have been in the first month of ops.

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Dug up the recent links I posted on another forum (not a skyscraper-only forum) - make it at least 10 incidents since testing.

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First crash since official opening

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/010904_local_metroax.html

Part of light rail shut down after small fire

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/011704_local_metro.html

(Again) SUV driver collides with Metro train

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/m...politan/2361790

(non-collision - LRT related) Woman driving down Metro tracks killed

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/m...politan/2366077

(truck collision) METRORail Accident Knocks Train Off Tracks

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...lo_kprc/1971863

http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/kho...e.49505be9.html

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/m...politan/2368776

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Ouch, looks like they had their 12th vehicle-train (very minor) collision last night and 14th or 15th overall 'incident'.

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Their 12th vehicle-train crash already?! Jeez.

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Wow. What did they do wrong?

Nothing it's just the car crazy people of Houston

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Nothing it's just the car crazy people of Houston

LOL. Imagine the chaos if there was a new LRT system in the Detroit. Talk about car crazy! Then again, a LRT system won't be happening soon, since we are the motor city.

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Maybe if they had LRT powered by Chevy motors it would be more acceptable.

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Ok. This is pathetic. Don't people in Houston know how to drive? Jeez. How long do you suppose it will be before it happens again? I realize that incidents like this will happen from time to time, but things like this are happening all the time in Houston.

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Make it 15 total now.

I think I heard that those people (auto drivers) are getting pretty hefty fines.

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5:56 p.m. CST February 27, 2004 - Two METRORail trains were involved in two separate accidents Friday, officials told News2Houston.

The first accident happened around 10:30 a.m. when a vehicle made an illegal left turn in the 5800 block of Fannin and was hit by the train, according to authorities.

The impact of the crash trapped the driver inside the vehicle for several minutes until emergency crews pulled him out. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with injuries that were described as not life threatening.

Shortly before 4 p.m., another METRORail train hit a car when a driver made an illegal left turn on Fannin at Oakdale. No one was seriously injured, officials said.

Friday's wrecks were the 19th and 20th involving METRORail trains since the system went online in November.

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Yep!

( BTW, you shoulda posted this in the other Houston MetroRail thread! ;) )

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AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK, people in Houston really need to learn how to drive. This is insane.

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Well if they are so car dependent, they should know how to drive quite well already.

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HAHAHAHA I know right but hey it's like they got there licences at K-Mart

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I'm gonna really watch it if I ever have to drive in Houston. The people are such bad drivers that they keep hitting trains! That's just plain sad.

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Can we just get rid of Texas? Seriously, what is wrong with these people? Cities around the world have trolleys and this isn't a problem. Did Dallas have these kinds of problems?

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Can we just get rid of Texas?

Sometimes I think that might be a good idea. LOL.

I never would've thought there could've possibly been this many problems this quickly. How hard is it to stop for a train? Not very. Houston people need to wake up & pay attention to the road.

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The whole city needs remedial driving classes.

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