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Did you read the report? It said the gates and lights were working. The problem was the one truck could not get off the tracks because its way was blocked by another truck in front of it.

When I took driver-ed in high school, they said for intersections of all kinds, you must not enter one unless your way out of it is already clear. It is not enough that you think it will be clear when you need it.

I usually try to do this, but am easily intimidated by drivers behind me honking their horns in impatience. They would wrather die that follow sensible driving practices.

As far as the train crew seeing the float, it does not really matter. When driving a train, the normal rule is that if you see it on the tracks, you are extremely likely to hit it. It takes about a mile to stop a 60 mile per hour train.
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