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Illinoisans are always so much in a hurry, it's sickening! Early this morning, an impatient driver in Chicago's west suburb of Oak Lawn pulled right out onto the train tracks and was broadsided by a Metra train. The driver was killed and his vehicle was smashed and destroyed by the impact.
It only takes a Chicago Metra train between 5 and 15 seconds to pass by. But people always appear to act like it takes more like even 5 to 15 days for a Metra to pass. And Northern Illinois especially has become fast paced and rushed to the point where people are literally giving up their lives and souls to their work bosses as though they are required to die trying to get to work even hours early. It's like nobody wants to even wait for a Metra, let alone a freight, to clear, or even a red light to turn green anymore. Their motive is rush, rush, rush, and move on, move on, move on! Literally like soldiers in a war.
I have learned a lot about trains from when I was in high school. There are even train safety classes out there, too. The motto is; "Stop, Look, Listen." Under absolutely NO circumstances at all whatsoever do you ever mess around with trains! Trains are the biggest, heaviest, and most powerful vehicles on Earth. Some trains can weigh as much as even a World War II battleship! Trains can not stop quickly, either; it can take up to a mile and a half for a 150-car freight train travelling 60 miles an hour to come to a complete stop after applying the brakes. And Chicago Metras will easily take up to the length of ten football fields to come to a stop after applying their breaks at full speed! When those gates are lowered or those red lights start flashing and the bells start ringing or you even see or hear a train coming, you get off the tracks immediately! Even 18 wheelers stand absolutely no chance at all against a train.