Sunday, December 21, 2008

Incident at the lower crossing

It was late at night when we had gotten back late from an away football game. Johnny Haynes was taking me home and we were both pretty tired boys. As we approached the lower crossing we both knew there was a train comming but we could not see it. Johnny had this old Ford that had the vent window on the passenger side broken out. So when the engineer blew the train horn (it was diesels by that time) we heard it through that broken window and we thought it was comming from the north. Buuut, it was comming from the south and did not have the big headlight on for some reason. Anyway Johnny and I both saw it at the same time and we were already encroaching the RR tracks, as we both looked up the engine was moving slowly but would have hit us had Johnny not jumped on the gas and we jumped across the tracks. Unfortunately there was a small creek on the other side that had a bridge with railings built with RR ties. Johnny couldn't see or have time to keep from hitting the railing on the north side of the road. We came to a stop with his car hanging off of the north side of the bridge. I couldn't get out on that side and had to crawl over and get out on the driver's side.

It was a close call but our Guardian Angles were on duty, again!

1 Comments:

At December 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Glen Lazalier said...

Bill,

Thanks for that memory. Because the KCS was such a dominant thing when we were kids in Heavener, I'll bet that most bloggers have significant memories too. I hope they will all contribute them via comments or blogs.

The railroad crossings were always dangerous and posed a threat to all of us. While freights entering Heavener were usually down to 15 mph or so, it still could take a half mile or more to bring them to a stop even if they were "bigholed" (all brakes locked).

 

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