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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 8:47 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

An eyewitness told Santa Fe police Saturday that a bicyclist was wearing earphones when she was struck by a train, but a department spokeswoman said Tuesday that officers have yet to find earphones at the scene of the fatal collision.

Suzanne LeBeau, 60, died Saturday after she was struck by a southbound Rail Runner Express train while she was riding on the Santa Fe Rail Trail near Zia Road and St. Francis Drive.

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5 comments:

  • Paul Murray posted at 11:01 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    murrayfineart Posts: 1

    [sad]It is so very sad that this happened. If she was distracted and/or lost track of the events occurring around her then it compounds the tragedy.. But the amount of lives saved by adding another layer of protection and warnings would be dwarfed by the number of lives saved if we would take personal responsibility and made better decisions. It is critical for us as cyclists to be aware of our environment AT ALL TIMES!

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:44 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    Interesting. Should Quiet Zones have higher levels of protective devices such as lights and gates, to mitigate the lack of horns? Pat was recently saying that we needed to critically ask if we should add whistles and bells to crossings. But Quiet Zones can remain quiet and have a red flashing light to make up for the silent treatment.

    I grew up out in the country. Many of the railroad crossings had simple R15-1 signs, some without any flashing lights or gates. But the trains let loose with their horns when approaching. Also, folks rarely if ever tested their skills at beating a train.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:53 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 873

    Railroad Quiet Zones

    Did you know that there are seven Quiet Zones located along the 97 mile New Mexico Rail Runner Express corridor? A railroad Quiet Zone is a section of the railroad corridor where train crews do not routinely sound the horn when approaching public crossings except in emergencies. Public crossings in Quiet Zones are marked by yellow and black signs reading “Quiet Zone Train Does Not Sound Horn,” and require alternative warning devices, such as flashing light signals with gates.

    Of the seven zones along the Rail Runner corridor, six are located between the Belen and Kewa stations, including a large portion of Albuquerque, and the seventh is all of Santa Fe north of Zia Road to the end of the line at the Santa Fe Depot. While the public crossings in these areas are clearly marked, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District urges everyone to develop lifelong, lifesaving rail safety habits.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:48 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 873

    The NIMBY's didn't want to hear the horn at 6:00 am, hence the compromise of just using gates and flashers, a quiet zone.


     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 8:54 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    "Several cycling activists have said the collision might not have occurred if a safety gate or flashing lights had been installed at the intersection between the Rail Trail and the tracks at Zia Road. "

    I signed on to that suggestion.

     

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