An Illinois man was killed when his postal truck was struck by a train in Illinois on July 27th. At the time of the trucking accident, the victim who was a mail carrier, was driving his work truck. The section of train tracks where the trucking crash occurred was a spot that did not have crossing gates or flashing lights, and which was only marked by yield signs. According to The Chicago Tribune, little more is known about this accident, including why the man chose to try to cross the tracks at the time that he did. Police say that the truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, after his truck was carried 300 yards along the tracks before the train was finally able to come to a complete stop. To read more about this Illinois truck accident, please click on this link.
While it is not very safe for train crossings to be equipped with only a yield sign, as long as this is the case at certain stops, drivers need to be completely alert and aware of approaching trains if they are driving in an area like this. If you come to a train crossing and there is no other warning measures, other than a yield sign, please both listen for an approaching train as well as look as far as you can see to see if one is approaching in the distance. If you have any thought that a train could be approaching, please wait in order to err on the side of safety.