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2 cars get stuck on dangerous railroad tracks within 72 hours

This intersection in Cuyahoga Falls was the scene of two dangerous train incidents within three days. (Source: WOIO) This intersection in Cuyahoga Falls was the scene of two dangerous train incidents within three days. (Source: WOIO)
If drivers turn too soon, they can end up on the railroad tracks. (Source: WOIO) If drivers turn too soon, they can end up on the railroad tracks. (Source: WOIO)
Police say they have changed some of the signaling, improved the lighting and added a stripe across the railroad tracks to try to improve safety. (Source: WOIO) Police say they have changed some of the signaling, improved the lighting and added a stripe across the railroad tracks to try to improve safety. (Source: WOIO)
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    On Saturday night, the Cuyahoga Falls Police were dispatched to Broad Blvd. near State Route 8, after a train hit a car stuck on the railroad tracks.It happened at 11:33 p.m. on June 27.

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    On Saturday night, the Cuyahoga Falls Police were dispatched to Broad Blvd. near State Route 8, after a train hit a car stuck on the railroad tracks.It happened at 11:33 p.m. on June 27.

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (WOIO) - Two cars got stuck at the intersection of Broad Boulevard and state Route 8 in Cuyahoga Falls within a 72-hour span this past week.
 
A 911 call from Saturday night demonstrates how dangerous this can be.
 
"911, where's your emergency?" the recorded dispatcher asks.

"Hi, I just witnessed a train collide with a car," says the caller in a panic.

"Oh my God. At, on Broad Boulevard?" the dispatcher asked, as if she already knew where it would have happened.
 
"Yeah," the caller confirms.


Fortunately, the man who had his car hit Saturday night was able to get out before the collision. 

On Monday night when it happened again, police got the train stopped before the collision and towed the car away. 

Unfortunately, it's a poorly-designed intersection. Although police say this type of situation generally only happens a couple times a year, is it coincidence there were two incidents in the past three days?

"It's typically a person that is not familiar with the area. They're out of state and their general response is they were paying attention to their GPS and it told them to turn and that's what they did," explains Captain Steven Guldeman, with the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

We did our own demonstration using our GPS and you can see how it happens, especially at night.  
 
"In 250 feet, turn right onto state Route 8," the GPS blares as you approach the tracks, but haven't crossed them yet. 

After you get past the first of two sets of tracks, it feels and looks like it's time to turn. But if you turn too soon, you end up stuck on the second set of tracks. 

The Cuyahoga Falls mayor is working on the problem with the Ohio Rail Commission
 
"We're changing some of the signaling. We've improved the lighting down there. We've added the stripe across the railroad tracks. We're also looking at moving the sign that directs you to the northbound on-ramp," says Guldeman.

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