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WHY SHOULD THE INVESTIGATION TAKE SO LONG?

When it's a tie at the railroad crossing, you lose.  Then comes the Coroner, and the investigation: Crossing Accident = Four-Hour Delay.  That's my experience, too, although Metra will sometimes transfer passengers to another train, or if the fatality occurs close enough to a station that the Powers That Be consider it safe for the passengers to walk to that station and catch the next train (which will likely be in the queue behind the stopped train) there.

Is it really necessary for the train, and its passengers, to be on the scene until the first responders decide they've gathered all the information?

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