Unfortunately this isn’t first time I’ve seen this behavior at Jefferson Street rail crossing in Springfield Illinois. Anyone who pays attention while boarding at Amtrak station would be able to confirm that.
I’m not sure what goes through these drivers minds. They don’t seem to think they could lose control and crash. Or worse – lose control and kill someone walking, entering exiting a parked car.
Once our Quiet Zone gets approval – only warning of oncoming train will be those gates. Trains will also be coming into town at increased speeds. Drivers like one above either aren’t aware of this or don’t care. But there will be even less time for them to beat train.
Springfield Illinois over years has had several deaths related to track trespassers and vehicles stuck on tracks or trying to beat train.