Macedon, N.Y. – Just before 8 p.m. Thursday, an Amtrak train plowed into a car stuck on the tracks off Quaker Road in Macedon.
Police said the driver of the car became disoriented and drove onto the tracks.
He and his passengers made it out safely.
People living near the railroad crossing weren’t surprised to hear of the accident.
“It happens every six months to a year,” Paul Cerquone said.
The road curves left after drivers cross the tracks heading east.
Cerquone said some drivers take too hard a turn and park themselves on the tracks.
“I have no trouble navigating it, but if you don’t know the road, it can get a bit hairy I guess,” Cerquone said.
Another neighbor, Charlie Kostecke, said plows also have trouble removing snow from the crossing.
“The planks are slippery, too. If you come to quickly, you’re going to go into a skid,” Kostecke said.
A bridge nearby is closed for construction which has increased traffic on Quaker.
Kostecke said that means more drivers trying to circumvent the gates, exacerbating the problem.
“A lot of times they go right in front of the train, pull right in front of them, everyday I’m out here,” Kostecke said.