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May 7, 2014

Beware the tracks

A train hit a car in Rockport last night. I'm not kidding.

Luckily, the car was parked, no one was injured and the vehicle only sustained minor damage.

But things could have been much worse. What if the car had been parked closer to the tracks, turning minor damage into extensive damage? What if someone was inside?

Having not used the commuter rail yet, I ventured over to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority station today to check out where the incident occurred. And I was somewhat surprised to see vehicles parked extremely close to the tracks. Sure there were MBTA signs up asking drivers to not park their vehicles closer than five feet from the tracks, but it looked like some were parked maybe within three or four feet.

And the proposition of a fence for the station and area around the tracks? Not going to happen, MBTA Director of Communications Joe Pesaturo wrote in an email. Didn't take him long to crafth a response to this question, so it appears anyone wanting a fence won't get one anytime soon.

So my point in writing this little blog post? Make sure to check how close you've parked to the tracks next time. This goes for not only the people planning to board the commuter rail, but those who may use the lot to park for a sporting event at nearby Evans Field.

After all, who wants to be the person that walks into an insurance office the next day and says, "My car was hit by a train last night."


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