Train Hits Trailer on Route 29 Crossing in Gainesville

| February 20, 2013 | 2 Comments | News

A collision between a car and a trailer occurred at the Lee Highway railroad crossing Wednesday evening. This is the fourth such accident in the past year. Credit: VDOT

For the fourth time in just over a year, police report an accident on Lee Highway involving a Norfolk Southern train and a tractor-trailer who stopped on the tracks.

The police report no injuries; however, they expect U.S. Route 29 to be closed in both directions for the next two to three hours.

“The issue should be concentrated around where the railroad tracks are, however heavy traffic can be expected around the immediate area while cleanup continues,” a police spokesman said. “We don’t have particulars on the different roadways.”

The accident occurred after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will eliminate the at-grade railroad crossings in Gainesville once two new overpasses are completed by 2015.


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  1. Bates80 says:

    OK, I don’t get it. Why don’t people take a look at the railroad track, and THE GUARDS THAT COME DOWN and stay clear of them? The last person reported suggested that she wasn’t “on the tracks” and that she was “sideswiped” by the train. OOOK, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that trains are wider than the tracks! So even if she was not on the tracks, she was clearly close enough to be hit by the train! And, she must have been within the guard rails that come down before a train comes through! I’ll bet she was gambling that there wouldn’t be a train while she was waiting in line in traffic. However, her gamble cost fellow commuters HUNDREDS of hours! So SELFISH a risk to take!

  2. watchman25 says:

    Until the 2015 project is complete why don’t we be more proactive about making sure the tracks stay clear? If signs are not effective enough why don’t we add police enforcement and issue fines? Have the railroad gates go down earlier? Limit the train’s use of the tracks during rush hour? Require the trains to go slower or stop before crossing the road? Coordinate the traffic light to help clear the intersection? Why do the trains have exclusive rights to close down the road so they’re train can get across? Do the train companies pay transportation taxes? How much money are they contributing to the 970million dollar project, which includes building an overpass over the railroad?

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