Trying To 'Beat' Train Proves To Be Risky Move

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Many people in northeast Ohio love to visit Shaker Square, but some think that the hustle and bustle of the square is an accident waiting to happen, Action News' Denise Strzelczyk reported.

Monday night brought the latest example as a car collided with an RTA train on the Shaker Square tracks. Eyewitnesses told Action News that the train hit a car attempting to cross the tracks when the stoplight was yellow. Overwhelmingly, everyone with whom Action News talked said that it's stupid, but everyone tries to "beat the train."

One person was taken to the hospital as a result of Monday night's accident.

Regular RTA rider Elaine Moraghan walked by the accident scene just moments after the crash and said what happened is no surprise.

"The light for that driver had just turned yellow and he was going to make it through the intersection," Moraghan said. "It's a large intersection with the tracks. That's really stupid."

It's not, however, that unusual. In fact, right in the middle of an Action News interview for this story, a car raced across the tracks to beat an oncoming train.

So what can be done to make the area safer?

"I think we need more trains and traffic lights should come out more for people to see when it's their turn to go," Moraghan said.

Something else is also obvious to other transit riders, including Mary Caruso.

"From my own point of view, it's my responsibility not to try to tangle with a machine or beat them," Caruso said. "You just have to pay attention to what's going on. You have to watch the traffic and pay attention to the rapid. That's what I try to teach my son."

RTA said that their light rail system is safe and that when they investigated incidents that have happened in Shaker Square, they said that they found those accidents were overwhelmingly caused by motorists trying to "beat the train."