If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Abilene Reporter-News)   Union Pacific: Hey, if the city, county and parade organizer don't let us know their parade route crosses our tracks, we can't be held responsible for what happens next   (reporternews.com) divider line 384
    More: Followup, Union Pacific, parade float, Ordinances of 1311, flatbed trucks, parades, chief warrant officer, Midland, train wrecks  
•       •       •

19283 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 Feb 2013 at 11:26 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



384 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-02-27 11:26:10 AM  
"Aaaand, the Blue Ribbon for this year's Longest Strip of Jerky goes to..."
 
2013-02-27 11:30:13 AM  
Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.
 
2013-02-27 11:31:15 AM  

Hack Patooey: Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.


I will be suing Coca Cola because they didn't stop me from opening and consuming gallons of their product.
 
2013-02-27 11:31:30 AM  
Most of the trains out there in West Texas are pretty got-damn long, and they take a mile or so to stop.
They come blowing through those podunk towns at a good clip.
It's crazy.
 
2013-02-27 11:31:36 AM  
It doesn't sound like the railroad is at fault at all.  Are they supposed to have somebody on each track crossing at all times, in case somebody decides to throw a parade without telling them?  Are there important details not mentioned in TFA?
 
2013-02-27 11:31:58 AM  
They kind of have a point. The article states that the parade organizer never sought a permit from the city, and the city never enforced their existing laws. This is why we have things like parade permits. Yeah, it's annoying to deal with "red tape" and it's a hassle to do things by the book, but there's a reason for it.
 
2013-02-27 11:32:08 AM  

Hack Patooey: Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.


No no no... Clearly the railroad is to blame since they have the most money
 
2013-02-27 11:34:00 AM  
There were gates, bells, and lights. The float crossed the tracks with the lights flashing. I don't think the UPRR is at fault here. Maybe this could instigate a review of current regulations, but UPRR was fully compliant as it stands.
 
2013-02-27 11:34:25 AM  
Over in two.

Those cross beams, flashing lights, and train horns are not meant to be taken very seriously. Trains are known for their innate ability to stop instantly upon sensing verterans on parades.
 
2013-02-27 11:34:38 AM  

Shvetz: They kind of have a point. The article states that the parade organizer never sought a permit from the city, and the city never enforced their existing laws. This is why we have things like parade permits. Yeah, it's annoying to deal with "red tape" and it's a hassle to do things by the book, but there's a reason for it.


But it's for  veterans. How can you expect people to participate in their fetish of worshiping our culture of death if you have a bunch of rules to follow.  Permits are only necessary to prevent them there queer pride parades.
 
2013-02-27 11:35:58 AM  
Uh, maybe I'm missing something, but how does one not notice a train coming, even with a large, loud crowd and absence of warning lights/bells?
 
2013-02-27 11:36:32 AM  

Benjamin Orr: Hack Patooey: Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.

No no no... Clearly the railroad is to blame since they have the most money


Thank you, Steve Dallas...
 
2013-02-27 11:36:34 AM  

Benjamin Orr: Hack Patooey: Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.

No no no... Clearly the railroad is to blame since they have the most money


You couldn't have said it better. This is why insurance costs so much in the US, people often go after the deepest pockets rather than accepting responsibility for their own actions or placing the blame where it should be.
 
db2
2013-02-27 11:36:35 AM  
I don't want to sound like I support killing veterans or anything (I don't), but parades suck.
 
2013-02-27 11:37:52 AM  

Maud Dib: Most of the trains out there in West Texas are pretty got-damn long, and they take a mile or so to stop.
They come blowing through those podunk towns at a good clip.
It's crazy.


If only there were some sort of alarm that would sound with a gate that descended to discourage people from endangering themselves, this might not have happened.
 
2013-02-27 11:38:08 AM  
In preliminary statements after the accident, National Transportation Safety Board officials said the crossing's warning system was activated 20 seconds before the collision in accordance with federal regulations and that the guardrail began to descend seven seconds later.

Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing
.

The idiot driving the float is clearly at fault.
 
2013-02-27 11:38:12 AM  
Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

Kevin Glasheen, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the Midland lawsuit, said Union Pacific's action was anticipated.

"For the railroad, it's a way to shift responsibly to other parties," Glasheen said.


What a crock of shiat. The warnings were working, the float decided to ignore those warnings, and now it's UP trying to "shift the blame"? Farking lawyers. On top of everything, these jackasses act like every mile of train track is administered locally, so Joe-Bob should have known the parade route and time and diverted the train. For Fark's sake, they cover 2/3 of the country, they aren't going toreceive your parade route details by psychic dispatch.

What this IS is an attempt to switch blame from the responsible parties to the giant corporation. Did I mention farking lawyers yet?
 
2013-02-27 11:38:23 AM  

db2: I don't want to sound like I support killing veterans or anything (I don't), but parades suck.


If you walk the other way, you can fast forward the parade.
 
2013-02-27 11:38:37 AM  

db2: I don't want to sound like I support killing veterans or anything (I don't), but parades suck.


I usually agree, but this one sounds like it was pretty exciting. Darwin must've been the parade marshal.
 
2013-02-27 11:38:42 AM  

Shvetz: They kind of have a point. The article states that the parade organizer never sought a permit from the city, and the city never enforced their existing laws. This is why we have things like parade permits. Yeah, it's annoying to deal with "red tape" and it's a hassle to do things by the book, but there's a reason for it.


NANNY STATE!
 
2013-02-27 11:39:36 AM  

justtray: Over in two.

Those cross beams, flashing lights, and train horns are not meant to be taken very seriously. Trains are known for their innate ability to stop instantly upon sensing verterans on parades.


Maybe it was a terrorist-hijacked train.

/another train has hit the south float!
 
2013-02-27 11:39:40 AM  
Why don't they look?

/gentle pressure
 
2013-02-27 11:39:51 AM  
Clearly the railroad is at fault, these trains just come out of nowhere, you never know when a train is just going to jump out in front of you. If only trains could be confined to a set, specific route, let's call it a track, then just maybe we would know where a train might be operating.
 
2013-02-27 11:39:52 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Maud Dib: Most of the trains out there in West Texas are pretty got-damn long, and they take a mile or so to stop.
They come blowing through those podunk towns at a good clip.
It's crazy.

If only there were some sort of alarm that would sound with a gate that descended to discourage people from endangering themselves, this might not have happened.


Won't work without giant, flashing red lights...
 
2013-02-27 11:39:54 AM  

Ashyukun: Benjamin Orr: Hack Patooey: Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.

No no no... Clearly the railroad is to blame since they have the most money

Thank you, Steve Dallas...


I'm sure Sean Penn is to blame for this somehow as well. Don't care if he or Madonna will return to beat up the plaintiff.
 
2013-02-27 11:40:22 AM  
maybe someone can help here, but trains do have right of way over cars and pedestrians, right? And is it right that you can cross over the tracks but remaining stationary or walking along the tracks is considered tresspassing, right?
 
2013-02-27 11:40:44 AM  
Here's a thought:  If you can't clear the tracks, DON'T GO ONTO THE TRACKS!

People are so farking stupid it makes my head hurt.
 
2013-02-27 11:41:32 AM  

havocmike: Shvetz: They kind of have a point. The article states that the parade organizer never sought a permit from the city, and the city never enforced their existing laws. This is why we have things like parade permits. Yeah, it's annoying to deal with "red tape" and it's a hassle to do things by the book, but there's a reason for it.

NANNY STATE!


They should have stopped at the crossing lights.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!
 
2013-02-27 11:41:40 AM  

Mikey1969: . Did I mention farking lawyers yet?


it's one of my favorite things to do.
 
2013-02-27 11:42:52 AM  
Footage of the accident has just been posted to YouTube.
 
2013-02-27 11:43:17 AM  

Tom_Slick: Clearly the railroad is at fault, these trains just come out of nowhere, you never know when a train is just going to jump out in front of you. If only trains could be confined to a set, specific route, let's call it a track, then just maybe we would know where a train might be operating.


And if only there was some kind of visual and audible warning system when this "track" crosses a road.  Maybe even install some kind of barrier that should prevent people from crossing this "track".
 
2013-02-27 11:43:39 AM  
Trains are not known for stopping on a dime for a reason.
 
2013-02-27 11:44:30 AM  
I live near Atlanta, and Marietta, Kennesaw, and Acworth all have big festivals pretty much on the train tracks.  Presumably they tell the railroad because the engineers generally start blowing the horn earlier than normal and people still screw around getting off the tracks.

My understanding is that trains pretty much always have the right of way and as long as the crossing lights are working you are automatically at fault if you get hit.
 
2013-02-27 11:44:34 AM  
Wanted for questioning.

i.imgur.com
 
Pav
2013-02-27 11:46:01 AM  
The fact that this case hasn't been thrown out of the court system already is a disgrace unless this article is leaving out the prosecutions entire case.
 
2013-02-27 11:46:21 AM  
Yeah, I think it's weird that these men spent time in a hostile environment where somebody was probably trying to kill them every damn day. They come back to "the world" and Cleetus takes them out all at once in an act of stupidity.

Flashing lights? Warning bells? Shucks, them things are fer pussies... GUN IT!

Sue Cleetus.
 
2013-02-27 11:47:24 AM  

Wellon Dowd: Wanted for questioning.

[i.imgur.com image 850x566]


that's pretty

/I like trains
 
2013-02-27 11:48:14 AM  

db2: I don't want to sound like I support killing veterans or anything (I don't), but parades suck.


Normally, I'd agree, but watching a train hit one of the floats might make it worthwhile.
 
2013-02-27 11:48:17 AM  
"This item demonstrates how stupid the average American is. Every ninety minutes someone in this country is hit by a train. A train, okay? Trains are on tracks; they can't come and get you. They can't surprise you when you step off a curb. You have to go to them. Got that?"  -George Carlin
 
2013-02-27 11:48:24 AM  

cgraves67: There were gates, bells, and lights. The float crossed the tracks with the lights flashing. I don't think the UPRR is at fault here. Maybe this could instigate a review of current regulations, but UPRR was fully compliant as it stands.


No gate, dude.  Just lights and bells, which the float driver ignored.  Float driver is completely at fault.

\too bad it wasn't a float full of lawers, though
 
2013-02-27 11:49:45 AM  

CheekyMonkey: cgraves67: There were gates, bells, and lights. The float crossed the tracks with the lights flashing. I don't think the UPRR is at fault here. Maybe this could instigate a review of current regulations, but UPRR was fully compliant as it stands.

No gate, dude.  Just lights and bells, which the float driver ignored.  Float driver is completely at fault.

\too bad it wasn't a float full of lawers, though


And by 'lawers' I mean 'lawyers'.
 
2013-02-27 11:50:39 AM  

Langdon Alger: maybe someone can help here, but trains do have right of way over cars and pedestrians, right? And is it right that you can cross over the tracks but remaining stationary or walking along the tracks is considered tresspassing, right?


Trains can go right over anything pretty much. Cars, pedestrians, semi trucks, cats, dogs...

in all seriousness, I think if you bypass the crossing gates(Especially the gates), you have absolutely Zero case. Maybe even Less Than Zero.
 
2013-02-27 11:51:14 AM  

CheekyMonkey: No gate, dude.  Just lights and bells, which the float driver ignored.  Float driver is completely at fault.


"In preliminary statements after the accident, National Transportation Safety Board officials said the crossing's warning system was activated 20 seconds before the collision in accordance with federal regulations and that the guardrail began to descend seven seconds later."
 
2013-02-27 11:51:28 AM  

Pav: The fact that this case hasn't been thrown out of the court system already is a disgrace unless this article is leaving out the prosecutions entire case.


What prosecution? As near as I can tell from that article, it's a civil case (or cases) against the railroad.
 
2013-02-27 11:51:38 AM  
\CSB..
Back in my high school days, I was stuck riding the bus every morning with 2 of my younger brothers.
The band director was our bus driver, he was an older guy and was known for getting the bus stuck every week or so in the muddy back roads of our school district. Usually some farmer would come pull him out with a tractor.
Anyhow, there were numerous crossings on the route, and most only had the old crossing sign, no lights, and no gates.
It was a terribly foggy morning, so he stopped to peer into the fog with his owlish coke-bottle glasses. After a minute or two he proceeded across the tracks.....just in time for the 7 AM 200-car coal train on the MKT line.
It came barreling out of the fog at 50 mph.
I was instantly awake, and grabbed the nearest brother and ran for the rear emergency door.
Then the old bastard floored it, getting most of the way across, so we ran for the front of the bus.
Meanwhile the train engineer is leaning frantically on the horn, about to kill 3 school kids and a blind, old ass band director.
We made it across with feet to spare.
Never rode that damn bus again.
 
2013-02-27 11:51:45 AM  

Forced Perspective: It doesn't sound like the railroad is at fault at all.  Are they supposed to have somebody on each track crossing at all times, in case somebody decides to throw a parade without telling them?  Are there important details not mentioned in TFA?


The article clearly states that the victims are veterans. As you know, our master race of military men is superior to everyone else, so this is clearly the railroad's fault. If you disagree, you're a terrorist sympathizer.
 
2013-02-27 11:52:09 AM  

GoodyearPimp: "This item demonstrates how stupid the average American is. Every ninety minutes someone in this country is hit by a train. A train, okay? Trains are on tracks; they can't come and get you. They can't surprise you when you step off a curb. You have to go to them. Got that?"  -George Carlin


And they live IN A DESERT!!!
 
2013-02-27 11:52:45 AM  

Hack Patooey


Investigators have said the float began crossing the tracks even though warning bells were sounding and the crossing lights were flashing.

And we're done here.


Unfortunately, so are the veterans.
 
2013-02-27 11:53:20 AM  

Langdon Alger: maybe someone can help here, but trains do have right of way over cars and pedestrians, right? And is it right that you can cross over the tracks but remaining stationary or walking along the tracks is considered tresspassing, right?


If the pedestrians and people operating those vehicles wish to remain alive, then yes.
 
2013-02-27 11:53:36 AM  

Pav: The fact that this case hasn't been thrown out of the court system already is a disgrace unless this article is leaving out the prosecutions entire case.



The float driver, the guy who purposely drove onto the tracks after the gates and bells were active, already had his case thrown out by a jury, so now they're going to go after everyone they possibly can, because someone must pay.

"Justice" isn't about convicting the guilty, it's about fulfilling the victims desire for retribution.
 
Displayed 50 of 384 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report