If your vehicle gets stuck on tracks, get out!

If your vehicle gets stuck on the tracks at a level crossing, there’s just one thing to do—get out. And get out quickly! A train can arrive at any time, from either direction.

Luckily, the drivers in two recent such incidents knew what to do—and it likely saved their lives. 

On March 5th, a motorhome was hit by a train after it stalled on tracks at a railway crossing in Langley, B.C. In a video of the incident, the driver can be seen escaping with mere moments to spare.

That same day, in Saskatoon cab driver also narrowly escaped after his taxi got stuck in snow at a crossing in Saskatoon with an oncoming train coming down the tracks.

Neither of these incidents ended in tragedy. But they could have, if the drivers hadn’t done the right thing and fled their cars quickly.
Knowing how to react could save your life
If your vehicle stalls or gets stuck on railway tracks, there are a few important steps to take. Get yourself and any passengers out of the vehicle as quickly as possible and move at least 30 metres away from the tracks (or the distance of about three school buses.)
If you can’t see an oncoming train, find the blue and white sign located either behind the crossbuck or on the railway signal house. Call the railway company at the number on the sign and let them know a vehicle is stuck on the track. If you can’t find the emergency number, call 911.

Avoiding an incident in the first place is always best. Before you drive through a crossing, always make sure there’s enough room for your vehicle to clear the tracks. If you’re driving a manual transmission, avoid shifting gears while crossing the tracks so you don’t stall and get stuck.

When it comes to tracks and crossings, always expect a train.

Knowing what to do in an emergency could make all the difference.