NC DOT Inspecting Site Where Train Hit SUV And Killed Two Children

North Carolina officials are investigating a train accident in Durham that killed two children and injured their mother when their sport utility vehicle was stopped on the tracks.

Multiple media outlets report that Paul Worley of the N.C. Transportation Department says signal inspectors were checking Thursday to make sure everything was working properly.

Eyewitnesses told authorities the SUV was stopped by rush hour traffic and became trapped on the tracks when guardrails came down as the train approached.

Authorities say 9-year-old Calvin Brandon and 6-year-old Hasan Bingham were thrown from the SUV. Their mother, Deborah Peaks Bingham, was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

None of the 129 people on the train were injured.

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  • by bj Location: washingotn on Dec 11, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    the report states and I quote "Eyewitnesses told authorities the SUV was stopped by RUSH HOUR TRAFIC and BECAME TRAPPED on the tracks when guardrails came down as the train approached. No maybe you shouldn't stop on RR tracks, or bust a gut at a yellow light to get thru the light, but it does happen, I dont know if any of you have been caught in rush hour traffic or not but it is not very pleasant, I am sure she was following what somany before her had also done. My heart goes out to the family and such a horrible horrible thing to happen. All accidents could be prevented if everyone would just use some common sense. But no life is flying by and everyone just cant sit one second longer at a stop sign or a red light. Any one ever done a Carolina rollat a stop sign, senseless but it done every day. To the mom she will hve to live with the guilt of this accident for the rest of her natural life. So people show some empathy.
  • by Jessica Location: Choco on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    This is very sad and could have been prevented. After living in California for over a year were railroad crossing are everywhere, you learn fast never to stop of the tracks. I see it all the time in Greenville, people stop on them! That is what the white line is for, they even post a sign telling you not too!!! Slow down and take your time at railroad crossing - I promise you'll still get to your destination!!
  • by Robert Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    For well over a month..the crossing arm on Asbury Church Rd has been broken..I called the Beauf. Cty. Sheriff's Dept. and reported it..they said they called the railroad..numerous times..but it still has not been fixed!!! I sure hope nobody gets killed there..
  • by wow Location: enc on Dec 11, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    never seen a locomotive with a steering wheel , pretty sure that you can see where they will be, so obey the laws of nature and dont be at the same spot when the locomotive gets there, pretty simple
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Dec 11, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    The whole story is sooooooo sad and so very preventable. Every railroad crossing I have looked at since I saw this story yesterday all have the same signs posted. "DO NOT STOP ON THE TRACKS" . I guess the RR needs to add another one under that. "YES THIS MEANS YOU"

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