This sounds much like a grade crossing incident that happened to my train about four years ago. We had a seven car passenger train that was being deadheaded back to our terminal at night after completing a children's Christmas special. I was the conductor on that trip. We were approaching a grade crossing on a small sidestreet and the locomotive was struck by a mid-sized two door passenger coupe. The train was running no more than eight miles an hour and the car was running about thirty miles an hour. My engineer never saw the car until it spun out away from the train on his side. The flagman saw the car but hardly had time to shout a warning to the engineer before the car struck the train. The vehicle was spun 180 degrees when it came to rest. What helped us was that our utility switchman was following the train on the surface streets and was in the parking lot of a nearby community center and had a clear view of the entire incident as the vehicle approached the crossing from his side and collided with the train. The crossing had clear visability to either side and the engineer had sounded the air horn and bell before reaching the crossing but the driver was totally oblivious to the train. The driver was fortunate that she was not killed and that she did not have anyone in the vehicle with her at the time. I can still clearly remember the scene, from the time that I stepped from the vestibule of the third coach into the crossing and went up to the locomotive till the wrecker finished clearing the scene and we pulled away. It's something that I hope that I will never have to deal with again, but know that I am prepared should it happen again. Any time I talk about rail safety, this one incident comes up in my memory. Knowing the damage that was done to the car by the train moving at less than ten miles an hour, one shudders to think of what would have happened if the train had been in thirty mile or fifty mile an hour territory. Some of the other train crewmen I know have seen or been involved in such incidents. I have seen so many near collisions at some of these crossings that when I ride a locomotive through that area, my hand is right by the emergency air brake handle, ready to dump the air at a moment's notice if the situation arises. It's been done many times. Personally, every time I come to a railroad crossing I stop, roll my windows down, turn the radio down, listen and look both ways before starting across just as I look and listen before crossing an active track. LOOK, LISTEN and LIVE! If people would follow that one rule, many lives would be saved.