Kyosuke: There had been some mile-wide power outages around town shortly before the parade began. In fact, the venue itself was dark for over an hour late in the afternoon. While it's entirely possible that the crossing gates at that crossing were not fully operational, I don't consider that a factor here.I doubt very many ever heard the train coming. There was a marching band playing, and the parade included over two dozen bikers (LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES?) and many patrol cars running their sirens. Apparently the truck driver saw the train (too late) but was unable to move his truck as there was another float directly in front of him. Some of those on the float saw the train and jumped off in time, but as had been mentioned many of the soldiers were physically unable to move fast enough. Likely the truck driver was pulling the hell out of that air horn, but few would realize that he wasn't joining in the festive noisemaking by that point.As a truck driver myself, I place the blame solely on the driver who pulled his load halfway across the tracks with no room ahead of him for him to pull clear of the tracks immediately. There is no excuse for that in any situation, especially with a live load of this value. Sadly, the event organizers are blaming themselves, and for no good reason.
LoneWolf343: You mean besides have a parade cross train tracks.
Active introvert: And why not get off the truck? They could hear the train coming. They could see the lights flashing and the gates closing so they had warning it was getting close. Why just sit there?
Emposter: A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working at the time,So the truck ignored the lights and bell and went through the lowered gate? Who does that?
GonadtheBarbarian: How the fark does something like this even happen?
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