My rant is about stupid auto drivers. The driver in the following article passed under closing gates which hit the car. The driver stopped, got out to inspect the damage, then got back in the car and pulled onto the tracks. By this time both gates were down. Read about the result. Different tragedy, but the same stupidity with the same results. A few years ago two vehicles accompanying each other were approaching a CSX mainline crossing. The first vehicle ignored the flashing lights and crossed the tracks. The second vehicle blindly followed the first and was struck broadside by a 50 mph freight. Sadly, many people no longer take responsibility for their actions, if they even know how to.....arrgh! Metro-North grade crossing collision, fire leaves six dead Trains Online Newswire, February 4, 2015 NEW YORK – A train of Metro-North electric multiple-unit cars struck a sport utility vehicle in Valhalla at the height of evening rush Tuesday evening, causing the lead car to catch fire, killing at least six people. The dead included the vehicle driver and five passengers, the New York Times reports. It was the worst accident in Metro-North history and follows a derailment in 2013 on the Hudson Line in the Bronx that left four passengers dead. The train was northbound on the Harlem Line when the lead car, M-7 No. 4333, struck the vehicle at the Commerce Street crossing at about 6:30 p.m., Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tells the Times. The trains are powered by a 750-volt D.C. third rail. The train, which was running non-stop to Chappaqua, pushed the vehicle about 10 train car lengths north of the crossing, and the vehicle and the first two cars on the train caught fire. In addition to the dead, 15 people are being treated at area hospitals. The engineer was among the injured. About 800 people were reported to be on the train at the time of the incident. Passengers were evacuated through the rear of the train. About 400 of them were taken to a local rock-climbing gym for shelter Tuesday night, Donovan says. According to preliminary information, the gates at the crossing came down on top of the vehicle, which had stopped on the tracks, Donovan says. The driver got out of the vehicle to look at the rear of the car, then got back in and drove forward. Then the vehicle was struck. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation team from Washington to investigate the incident. The team is expected to remain on scene for five to seven days, with the full investigation taking about a year. James E. Hall, a former chairman of the NTSB, says he expects investigators to consider whether gasoline escaping from the vehicle had set the rail car on fire. He says it is unusual for a passenger car to burst into flames in a crash, but he adds that “anytime you have friction in an accident there’s a possibility of flammability.” Passengers from a Metro-North train at Pleasantville board shuttle buses to North White Plains to make train connections to Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday. Service on the Harlem line was suspended between North White Plains and Pleasantville on Tuesday night. The train left Grand Central around 5:45 p.m. and was running express, Donovan says. "The train cars cannot be removed until the on-scene investigation is complete, and they will need to be removed before service can be restored," the agency is telling its passengers. "Regular service through this area is not expected to resume until a full investigation is complete, the infrastructure is fully assessed, and repairs are made." Metro-North train service will remain suspended between Pleasantville and North White Plains until further notice. There will be limited bus/train service for Upper Harlem Line customers beginning with morning rush hour service on Wednesday and until further notice. Harlem Line tickets will be cross honored on the Hudson and New Haven lines. Westchester County has made parking available on a first-come, first-served basis – up to 300 spaces at County Center near White Plains station and up to 50 spaces at the North White Plains station. Steve Glischinski and Mike Michaels contributed to this report.