Now we know the appalling answer.
How could Erin Brett Lindsay-Calkins miss the flashing lights, the warning bells, and the bellowing horn of an approaching locomotive? Why did she try to drive under the crossing gate, adorned with more flashing red lights, as it descended across her path?
Why did she and her son die at an Efland rail crossing?
The answer hits home for a lot of us. Lindsay-Calkins was distracted from her driving. She was on her cell phone (see today's story with reader comments).
It's time to talk about this.
Surveys show what all drivers know: Many of us talk on our phones as we drive, every day. We take our eyes off the road to read e-mail. We take our thumbs off the wheel to send text messages.
We take our minds, or at least an important part of our attention, off our driving.
Have you been in a crash that involved a driver using a cell phone? Were you on the other end of that phone conversation? Maybe you were that driver who caused a rear-ender, or a more serious crash, because you were distracted by the phone.
Please share your experience. Share your story or your confession. Send photos and videos of drivers texting or talking on the phone.
DON'T make the foolish mistake of taking photos while YOU'RE supposed to be focusing on traffic. I don't want to see any photos like that. If you're stopped, or if you're a passenger, your photos and videos are welcome.
Let me hear from you: email@example.com or (919) 829-4527. Please include your name and contact information.