Wow...my condolences to the families of those who were lost and injured in the crash. I'll betcha that truck drive drove out in front of the Southwest Chief while the gates were down. Look, listen and live, words to live by!
I am curious. Most railroads have guidelines in long and short horn blasts when approaching a crossing. Do the distances vary by speed? On the one hand, too far away might not be heard. On the other hand, too short before the crossing could men not enough reaction time. I would hope that at 90mph it would be putting up a good racket upon approach.
Sad accident...looked very rural and was 3 miles from the nearest town of 1000 ppl. There's just a lot of unprotected crossings in very low population areas... and there's a lot of very low population areas across the center of U.S. Hopefully there will be more advances in remote detection devices.
Apparently, a troupe of Boy Scouts helped evacuate fellow passengers.