NEVER PARK ON THE TRACKS!
This story comes from our friend “Martinez Bee”, who shot the photo over the weekend near the Martinez AMTRAK station.
I was coming out of the Marina in downtown Martinez and had to wait for a freight train. I was behind this car. As she was crossing the tracks in front of me she veered off and parked, right on the tracks! As I drove by she got out and I was a little confused. I pulled up and parked and got out to look. She parked right against a wall, got out, went in the back seat and got a sign. She then, with her car still half on the tracks, grabbed the sign from the back seat and walked over and put it up where you see.
Car on the tracks the whole time.
I decided to take a photo, because I could not believe it. Those tracks are actively used by trains dozens of times a day.
I have no clue what she was thinking, and I am not here to trash her. Only to remind people to never stop, or especially park, on railroad Tracks. EVER!
She was not injured and hopefully will see this so next time she will be more careful. This could cause a derailment of a freight train even. And they carry all kinds of things, including oil and gas. Not to mention if she had to get out of there she would have had to back out, then pull out. It could have been a very bad situation.
We recently have had two deaths in Martinez from trains. We need to take them seriously, because it takes a train a long way to stop. And we have all seen what a train does to a car that is on the tracks when it hit it. Not good.
Thanks, “Martinez Bee”, and thanks for the great information!