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Okay... it pulled out in front of me! Seriously!!Short version -I was the designated driver (no drinking allowed). I was living in IA and needless to say, there are a lot of grain factoies in this town. I had been out w/friends. The weather was bad - a blizzard. I had my friend's new car b/c my headlight was out and I didn't want to get pulled over. The route we took home had a big grain factory from which trains pulled out of all the time. The edge of building that the train was behind is only 18 ft to the street and the tracks are right after a curve in the road. B/c of the weather, it was hard to see beyond the hood and the ice under the snow made driving pretty treacherous. The signals for the trains had to be tripped manually b/c they would have gone off all the time b/c the train sat so close to the road when it was behind the building loading up. So.... it was a combination of a lot of things. I came around the curve, no signals (the conductor said otherwise), train was pulling out, roads were horribly slick, I saw it too late, slammed on the brakes (big mistake on ice I know), we slid into the engine of the train. Pretty banged up but no one was seriously injured. Had I tried to beat the train, we would have been hit from the side. Had the train already been in the intersection and I just didn't see it, we would have hit a regular car and slid under it and the top of the car and a few body parts probably would have been removed. I hit the front part of the side of the engine, so it pulled out in front of me! I might have been able to stop if the roads hadn't been so bad, but who knows. That was years ago and I'm glad I'm here to tell the tale! On a side note, my boyfriend sued me for mega bucks b/c he said he was disabled. Funny thing is that I had pics of him barefooting behind a ski boat. He settled out of court for a much smaller amount.
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