FedEx Driver Narrowly Misses Train, Destroys Crossing Sign

On Thursday a FedEx van hit the brakes just in time to avoid a train, but the railroad crossing sign was not so lucky.

Troopers say a FedEx van driver was heading down Riggs Road in Onslow County yesterday afternoon while a train was still moving on the tracks.

The driver swerved to miss the train but did hit the railroad crossing sign and knocked it to the ground. No one was injured in the near-hit.

The van driver will be charged with both failure to stop for the rail road crossing and failing to maintain lane control.


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  • by Frank Location: Jacksonville on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    @Tucker69, did you know if you swerve to avoid hitting a dog you will be ticketed for failing to maintain lane control? I assume if you swerve to avoid a human they might let you go with a warning . Seems some laws need to be revisited.
  • by Jen Location: Off of Riggs Road on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    They need to put up crossing arms or lights for the Riggs Road and the Parkertown Road. Honestly, there are a lot of residents that don't even realize trains still run on these tracks!!!
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      by Tucker69 on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:35 PM in reply to Jen
      I agree with you Jen.. for I myself didnt know the tracks were still in use.. I don't think the FedEx guy should have been charged with anything.. especially after the OCSO Deputy got off scott free..
  • by Tucker69 Location: 2 Blocks from the crossing on Feb 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
    .. Ok time out here.. they are charging this guy with failure to maintain lane control.. soooo your saying he should have stayed in his lane and hit the train.. mmmm really.. wowsers.. umm if he would have hit the train that would have warranted the charge of "Failure to STOP for a train".. cause he did stop.. for he didn't hit the train.. he should only be guilty of lack of telepathy..
  • by FEDEXMAN Location: NC on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    I work for fedex, In fact for the same terminal is that driver. We are extremely overloaded And so in an extreme hurry everyday. That's why we're always speeding, California stopping through stop signs, Excetera. But just so you know that man will be suspended for ever. Fedex sucks.
  • by NCgirl Location: onslow on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
    Troopers must be using the rules for the common people. Can't use the one where you cause a wreck and get away with it. He only hit a sign. Wasn't even making a u-turn.
  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Feb 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    Boat's go first.trains second then cars for the right of way.the train has the right of way both legal and physically as far as I'M concerned.
  • by Ken Location: Rocky Mount on Feb 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
    As a railroad employee, some of you people are really misinformed about crossing signs, gates, signals, etc. The D.O.T. determines wich crossings need gates, wich ones just gets flashing lights, and wich ones only need cross bucks. The state pays for the installation and the railroads signal maintainer's keep up the maintainance. Even with that the railroad is not responsible if they don't work and an accident happens, the law is drivers will yield the right of way to a passing train. Understand these signal systems are electrical, and exposed to all weather, wild animals, and vadalism. Trust them if you like, but the best way to avoid becoming a stat is to turn your radio down, stop, look, and listen, then you'll never be hit by a train. I've been on trains that have been invloved in crossing accidents, believe me, it's not pretty. If any sees a crossing that is not working properly, stop and look on the post of the crossing, there's a number to call with the mile post, report it, you could save someone's life, possibly mine. Thanks
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM in reply to Ken
      Great post. Thank you.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    He shouldn't have received a ticket. FedEx could have just handled it internally like the sheriff's department does.
  • by Robert Pines Location: Missouri on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    My little yellow google map guy tells me there are no stop signs at this crossing. Your story says the driver did stop for the railroad crossing or the vehicle would have been hit. Other sources tell me the railroads have robbed the public for millions on crossing signals ---the PROPER control for trains. The railroads ticket for not having proper signals is? The railroads jail sentence for robbing the public for millions on crossing signals is? The center for disease control keeps sending me letters about the poisoned drinking water in Lejuene.Anybody know the real scoop?
  • by Robert Pines Location: Missouri on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    My little yellow google map guy tells me there are no stop signs at this crossing. Your story says the driver did stop for the railroad crossing or the vehicle would have been hit. Other sources tell me the railroads have robbed the public for millions on crossing signals ---the PROPER control for trains. The railroads ticket for not having proper signals is? The railroads jail sentence for robbing the public for millions on crossing signals is? The center for disease control keeps sending me letters about the poisoned drinking water in Lejuene.Anybody know the real scoop?
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