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(Reuters)   Darwin wastes no time dealing with woman who decided to go jogging down railroad tracks while wearing headphones   (reuters.com) divider line 140
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2011-01-17 12:21:17 AM
Well, that certainly derailed her dinner plans.
 
2011-01-17 12:23:11 AM
She hears the silence howling
catches angels as they fall;
and the all-time winner
has got her by the balls.
 
2011-01-17 12:41:29 AM
I'm wondering what the odds are she committed suicide. I grew up in a small railroad town in South Texas and knew many people who took their lives by stepping in front of a trail. Maybe this girl just wanted to make it look like an accident. I don't know how you could not hear a train sound its horn even if your music is up full blast.
 
2011-01-17 12:47:15 AM
cambie: Maybe this girl just wanted to make it look like an accident.

who would want to look that stupid in the eyes of the public?
 
2011-01-17 12:57:32 AM
brainiac-dumdum: who would want to look that stupid in the eyes of the public?

If you're committing suicide do you really care at that point?
 
2011-01-17 01:32:23 AM
eddyatwork:If you're committing suicide do you really care at that point?
    
hell if I know.

I do know women are far more likely to kill themselves using passive methods like an overdose or carbon monoxide.
 
2011-01-17 01:46:23 AM

brainiac-dumdum: I do know women are far more likely to kill themselves using passive methods like an overdose or carbon monoxide.


Passive suicide?
 
2011-01-17 02:13:44 AM
snuff3r: Passive suicide?
 
yeah, methods that have an intermediate step, like taking pills or cranking the gas on the stove w/ the pilot light out, as opposed to pulling a trigger and *blam*, instant death.
 
2011-01-17 02:23:17 AM

brainiac-dumdum: eddyatwork:If you're committing suicide do you really care at that point?

hell if I know.

I do know women are far more likely to kill themselves using passive clean methods like an overdose or carbon monoxide.


Don't forget something occuring in a bathtub. Women tend to be clean about it. If a guy kills himself, bring a mop 'cause it's a bloody mess.
 
2011-01-17 03:04:52 AM

cambie: I'm wondering what the odds are she committed suicide. I grew up in a small railroad town in South Texas and knew many people who took their lives by stepping in front of a trail. Maybe this girl just wanted to make it look like an accident. I don't know how you could not hear a train sound its horn even if your music is up full blast.


I'd like to take this opportunity to say I meant to say I knew many people who took their lives by stepping in front of a train...not trail.

Anyway, maybe I'm wrong here. But those train horns are normally pretty damn loud.
 
2011-01-17 03:12:59 AM
There was a similar story from Florida a couple years back, woman jogging by train tracks listening to her headphones. Got hit by a train. Though in her case she lived, just lost her legs. If I remember right there was a lawsuit involved against someone or other.

/yes Florida, can you believe it?
 
2011-01-17 05:19:49 AM
Aren't tracks considered private property?
 
2011-01-17 06:15:39 AM

SpaceyCat: Aren't tracks considered private property?


They belong to the RR's I guess. Who's gonna enforce that?

If she didn't hear the horn, she was deaf.
Otherwise they ought to be looking for a note.
 
2011-01-17 06:22:56 AM

cambie: cambie: I'm wondering what the odds are she committed suicide. I grew up in a small railroad town in South Texas and knew many people who took their lives by stepping in front of a trail. Maybe this girl just wanted to make it look like an accident. I don't know how you could not hear a train sound its horn even if your music is up full blast.

I'd like to take this opportunity to say I meant to say I knew many people who took their lives by stepping in front of a train...not trail.

Anyway, maybe I'm wrong here. But those train horns are normally pretty damn loud.


Are you a particularly depressing person to talk to?
 
2011-01-17 06:26:07 AM

cambie: Anyway, maybe I'm wrong here. But those train horns are normally pretty damn loud.


In front of the train they're not as loud as they'd seem. Or so I've read.
 
2011-01-17 06:28:47 AM
Did she have the volume set at 11?
 
2011-01-17 06:28:52 AM
She sounds a little loco. Motive?

//best I got
 
2011-01-17 06:29:51 AM
Ya it does sound odd. trains are loud! What headphones!?! Skullcandy that good?
 
2011-01-17 06:31:32 AM
As a person who's been run over by a train yes you can hear the damn air horn, but on top of that she could have had some noise cancelling earphones on.

www.dealfinderforum.com

/My CSB is always the topper of the CSBs
 
2011-01-17 06:33:00 AM
"There were no reports of injuries among the passengers."

Wellllll....these passengers were inside the train safely, the jogger was outside and was on the train's path. She was then under the train, while some body parts flew around the area.
 
2011-01-17 06:35:44 AM

eas81: As a person who's been run over by a train yes you can hear the damn air horn, but on top of that she could have had some noise cancelling earphones on.



/My CSB is always the topper of the CSBs


But I know she could feel the vibrations from the train approaching
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2011-01-17 06:38:41 AM
"I've come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power."

- Jason Mraz

\Fun Fact: Darwin patented the first WalkMan.
 
2011-01-17 06:40:08 AM
Hah! People say jogging is good for your health. I'm sticking with the 12-ounce curl.
 
2011-01-17 06:41:10 AM

GreenSun: "There were no reports of injuries among the passengers."

Wellllll....these passengers were inside the train safely, the jogger was outside and was on the train's path. She was then under the train, while some body parts flew around the area.


probably not when I had my accident my legs were still attached they were just crushed.
 
2011-01-17 06:43:05 AM

davidphogan: cambie: Anyway, maybe I'm wrong here. But those train horns are normally pretty damn loud.

In front of the train they're not as loud as they'd seem. Or so I've read.


I've lived next to two railroad lines (one place was as close as you can legally get in California) and traveled a lot by light rail when i lived in Sacramento. If you can't hear the train's horn you are deaf. There is no way any person not inside a vehicle can't hear the train.
 
2011-01-17 06:43:27 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: eas81: As a person who's been run over by a train yes you can hear the damn air horn, but on top of that she could have had some noise cancelling earphones on.



/My CSB is always the topper of the CSBs

But I know she could feel the vibrations from the train approaching


Maybe if it took the train a little longer before it hit her, she would have got off.
 
2011-01-17 06:45:13 AM

eas81: GreenSun: "There were no reports of injuries among the passengers."

Wellllll....these passengers were inside the train safely, the jogger was outside and was on the train's path. She was then under the train, while some body parts flew around the area.

probably not when I had my accident my legs were still attached they were just crushed.


Dumbassery or just really bad luck?
 
2011-01-17 06:47:29 AM
More food for the rest of us
 
2011-01-17 06:47:44 AM

eas81: As a person who's been run over by a train yes you can hear the damn air horn, but on top of that she could have had some noise cancelling earphones on.



/My CSB is always the topper of the CSBs


Are you going to share your CSB so we can judge if it's really a CSB?
 
2011-01-17 06:57:42 AM
or perhaps a neat way to commit suicide, pass it off as an accident for your life insurance and not hurt anyone else in the process.

If that's the case, it's kind of smart, but having briefly worked for an insurance company I can tell they'll find a way not to pay.

I remember the case of a guy who bought the farm on a car accident on the motorway, he crashed his car without any other driver being involved. They managed to prove that the guy got flashed for speeding a couple of miles before and that the flash caused him to have a heart attack.
Guess what? Yup, heart failure was excluded from his policy.

"Because we care".
 
2011-01-17 07:01:09 AM

davidphogan: Are you going to share your CSB so we can judge if it's really a CSB?


Ed Grubermann: Dumbassery or just really bad luck?


Cliff notes version, I was walking and the train was on the sitting on the tracks between me had my destination. I climbed up between the cars and it started moving. I tried to jump off but somehow got caught under it. Had to drag my self about 75 feet to get help. Double AKA now happened 14 years ago.
 
2011-01-17 07:01:44 AM
Maybe she was listening to "Sounds of the Amtrak Train" on her iPod.
 
2011-01-17 07:02:02 AM
Hopefully, the RR company is able to recover damages and loss of service time from her parents, and the passengers on the train were not delayed or inconvenienced too much.
 
2011-01-17 07:02:46 AM
Oh, here it comes

Well, train, train, take me on out of this town........


And, it did.
 
2011-01-17 07:05:48 AM
eas81

I climbed up between the cars and it started moving. I tried to jump off but somehow got caught under it. Had to drag my self about 75 feet to get help.


OK then, a combo of dumbassery with bad luck swirled in.

/glad you survived though
 
2011-01-17 07:07:18 AM

Befuddled: Maybe she was listening to "Sounds of the Amtrak Train" on her iPod.


+1
 
2011-01-17 07:10:21 AM
I, for one, am glad this stupid bint is well and truly out of the gene pool, and am so very sorry that the engineer has to live with the memory of hitting her for the rest of his life - not that there's anything he could have done to prevent it.

How loud must her music have been to drown out a) an approaching train and b) the train's horn?
 
2011-01-17 07:15:18 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: eas81: As a person who's been run over by a train yes you can hear the damn air horn, but on top of that she could have had some noise canceling earphones on.
/My CSB is always the topper of the CSBs

But I know she could feel the vibrations from the train approaching


Not necessarily... I know what you're saying, but she was jogging. I once missed a fairly good sized earthquake that lasted several rolling moments, because I was running around pushing my kid in a cart. I got back home and my husband was in that spiked adrenaline mode earthquakes usually evoke (and he's from California, so little tremblors that last only a few seconds don't get to him) but I honestly had not noticed the quake at all. I was running, he had been standing still.

There's no excuse for not hearing a train whistle though, noise canceling headsets are NOT that effective. Wonder if they'll find a note, or a tox screen comes back highly loaded.
 
2011-01-17 07:18:52 AM

cambie: I'm wondering what the odds are she committed suicide. I grew up in a small railroad town in South Texas and knew many people who took their lives by stepping in front of a trail. Maybe this girl just wanted to make it look like an accident. I don't know how you could not hear a train sound its horn even if your music is up full blast.


Answer: odds are very good. The Metra (suburban train) tracks running from Chicago have all kinds of grade (street level) crossings. This has become a common recourse for suicides, and of course there's no straightforward way of preventing it.
 
2011-01-17 07:23:09 AM

#2: "I've come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power."

- Jason Mraz

\Fun Fact: Darwin patented the first WalkMan.


Yeah- but their interest in getting taken out by 30,000 tons of Norfolk Southern freight has to be balanced by their freedom to match their power against Newtons f=mv.
 
2011-01-17 07:27:09 AM

eas81: Cliff notes version, I was walking and the train was on the sitting on the tracks between me had my destination. I climbed up between the cars and it started moving. I tried to jump off but somehow got caught under it. Had to drag my self about 75 feet to get help. Double AKA now happened 14 years ago.


Okay, that reaffirms my fear of farking around near parked trains like so many of my friends like to do.
 
2011-01-17 07:28:11 AM

powhound: SpaceyCat: Aren't tracks considered private property?

They belong to the RR's I guess. Who's gonna enforce that?


Railroads call the police on trespassers. What else can they do? There must be about a million miles of main line track. They can't fence it in.

Railroads also have their own police forces, whose main function is to stop vandalism and theft.
 
2011-01-17 07:36:15 AM

Befuddled: Maybe she was listening to "Sounds of the Amtrak Train" on her iPod.


Last Train Home by Pat Metheny.
 
2011-01-17 07:38:11 AM
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183800426
 
2011-01-17 07:40:34 AM
I saw someone run over by a truck today, was the first time in my life I ever saw something like that. Quite gruesome.
 
2011-01-17 07:47:00 AM
Sometimes you catch the 4:15. Sometimes it catches you.
 
2011-01-17 07:47:35 AM

qitty: drjekel_mrhyde: eas81: As a person who's been run over by a train yes you can hear the damn air horn, but on top of that she could have had some noise canceling earphones on.
/My CSB is always the topper of the CSBs

But I know she could feel the vibrations from the train approaching

Not necessarily... I know what you're saying, but she was jogging. I once missed a fairly good sized earthquake that lasted several rolling moments, because I was running around pushing my kid in a cart. I got back home and my husband was in that spiked adrenaline mode earthquakes usually evoke (and he's from California, so little tremblors that last only a few seconds don't get to him) but I honestly had not noticed the quake at all. I was running, he had been standing still.

There's no excuse for not hearing a train whistle though, noise canceling headsets are NOT that effective. Wonder if they'll find a note, or a tox screen comes back highly loaded.


OK, but if the train is doing 60mph / 100kph, it would come up on her awfully fast

Feel worse for the engineers than the victims in this accidents and suicides.

/can you identify this bucket of your brother?
 
2011-01-17 07:52:36 AM
Typical case of suicide by earbuds.
 
2011-01-17 07:53:40 AM
Reading her facebook tells me -- 1) she was fairly cute and 2) this was very likely a suicide.
 
2011-01-17 07:57:07 AM
I'm not a runner, but wouldn't a rail bed with big wooden ties and large sharp rocks be a really bad jogging surface?

/coincidentally, one of the very few things that would induce me to run would be a train, if I were on a long bridge ala "Stand By Me."
 
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