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T-Bird Gets T-Boned

February 10, 2012

KCS 4589, an eastbound manifest,  struck a Ford Thunderbird this evening in Houston. The collision occurred about 9:30 P.M at the Bellaire Avenue grade crossing on the Terminal sub in southwest Houston.

It appears to have been a low-speed collision, as the car has only been pushed 40-50 feet from the eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes. According to the account in the Houston Chronicle, there were no injuries. However, no information was available about the condition of the T-Bird driver’s undergarments.

Here’s a street view showing the location of this collision:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Howard Bingham permalink
    February 10, 2012 2:12 am

    More proof that quiet zones DON’T WORK.. The train did blow it’s horn when it resumed on it’s way to Beaumont..

    I live 1 block east of this instersection which is 3 lanes in each direction with a center esplanade.. Heard no ambulances or fire trucks pass my apartment, so assume all the action was on the City of Bellaire side..

  2. Christopher P. permalink
    February 10, 2012 5:18 pm

    Dang! That’s the 3rd collision in the Houston Area this year! Two on the Terminal Sub (In Quiet Zones…… I wonder why?) and back near the beginning in January a westbound of the Lafayette Sub hit a killed at least one teenager. I hope this won’t be a bad year for Houston.

    • Howard Bingham permalink
      February 10, 2012 8:04 pm

      The first accident on the Terminal Sub a few years ago was in broad daylight at the Bissonnet intersection & ironically it too was a KCS train Westbound that hit an extended cab Ford pickup with 3 occupants all of which had to be taken to hospitals in separate ambulances, the Full size pickup was broken in half & took 2 wreckers to haul off..

      I’ve heard from a UP engineer friend that close calls are more common in quiet zones than at regular protected intersections with horns being blown.

      Houston motorist’s are idiots & need noisy reminders…

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