Wonder if he was distracted (being in a rental car) and was not able to pay attention to his surroundings while using GPS. Not much detail in the story.
BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – A Global Positioning System can tell a driver a lot of things — but apparently not when a train is coming. A computer consultant driving a rental car drove onto train tracks Wednesday using the instructions his GPS unit gave him. A train was barreling toward him, but he escaped in time and no one was injured.