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Bicyclist Injured When Tire Gets Stuck in Railroad Crossing

A bicyclist was injured in a crash on Route 1A in Hamilton on Sunday.

A bicyclist was flipped over her handlebars Sunday morning after her bike tire got stuck in a rut along the railroad tracks in downtown Hamilton.

The crash happened at 10:48 a.m. on Sunday when the female bicyclist from Beverly was headed southbound on Route 1A (Bay Road) with another bicyclist.

Sgt. Stephen Trepanier said the front tire of her bicycle got stuck in a rut between the road and the rail where rubber and asphalt should have been located. She was flipped to the ground over the handle bars.

She suffered non-life threatening injuries and no broken bones and was taken to by Lyons ambulance.

Plows plus the weather have deteriorated the surface that has caused the rut, Trepanier said.

The crash prompted the response of workers from Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., which runs the commuter rail for the MBTA.

“They’re fixing it right now,” Trepanier said at about 3 p.m. on Sunday.

There was a similar bicycle crash at the crossing about two weeks ago, Trepanier said. The rut has not caused any problems with motorcycles, he said.

There were actually two charity bicycle rides through Hamilton during the weekend and one of the routes crossed the railroad crossing but there were no problems with those riders.

“There were no issues with that,” Trepanier said.

The crash did not disrupt traffic, Trepanier said.

Richard September 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM
This railroad crossing has been in very poor shape for bicyclists for a long time. Sgt Trepanier is probably correct that snowplows caused the damage to the tracks...but they did not do the damage in September or August or July or June or May, well you get the point. The MBTA expects us to support them with fares and fees but does nothing to make sure their tracks are safe!
Michelle Bailey September 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Wait, there was a similar accident 2-weeks ago, but they didn't repair it then?
Ann Weeks September 12, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Over 40 cyclists yesterday delivered a letter to the Secretary of the MA DOT, the Acting General Manager of the MBTA, copying Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Brad Hill. The letter seeks a rubberized crossing, which is the only way this railroad crossing at an angle can be safe for road bikes. Of the signers, seven experienced cyclists have had accidents at this spot, at least 5 of them this summer alone. We have already heard back from the DOT and from Rep. Hill with assurances that a real fix will be coming. Fingers crossed. Ann W.
Larry Sargent September 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
When I was about 8 I figured out to cross perpendicular to the tracks going over that crossing. :-)
richard boroff September 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Being a motorcyclist, and having to do exactly the same as a bicylist, I always cross almost perpendicular to the tracks. In looking at the photos, she had to be riding almost parallel to the tracks to get thrown. If she had been perpendicular, she would have gone right over, a bit bumpy perhaps, but with no other problems. Be good Richard Boroff
Steph September 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Larry and Richard, someone moved in front of her and forced her direction. She was also from out of town on a charity ride. She is also my friend. I would appreciate you not blaming this on her. No one should get hurt over those tracks. What about all of the kids who cross it? It needs to be fixed.
richard boroff September 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Thank you Steph for the additional information. Be good Richard Boroff
Richard September 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
In order to go perpendicular to these tracks, when heading south on 1A / Bay Road, a cyclist needs to move far left in the travel lane, turn right, and then turn sharp left after crossing the tracks to avoid a curbed sidewalk. If there are no cars nearby, perhaps this is "safe". But when there are cars in the area it would be even more dangerous than the tracks. As a reminder, this intersection is where cars coming out of the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing turn south. The correct answer is for the MBTA to properly maintain this railroad crossing and not blame bicyclists for poor roads.
Richard September 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
There are now sign boards at the crossing announcing repairs are scheduled for next week. Apparently the MBTA has decided, with the encouragement of State Reps and many citizens, that they need to fix the crossing before more needless accidents occur.

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