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(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 75
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2013-02-27 11:48:17 AM
9 votes:
"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 12:05:13 PM
8 votes:
EDITOR'S NOTE: As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds of people were accessing this story from social media links.

"STOP THE PRESSES!  STOP THE PRESSES!  I've just found out that someone is reading this shiat!"
2013-02-27 11:38:37 AM
7 votes:

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 11:38:23 AM
7 votes:

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 01:30:36 PM
6 votes:

A Terrible Human: In a train vs. flatbed fight it would appear the train is the winner. Seriously how the fark do you manage to be that stupid without dying long before getting hit by a train?


Locamote Man, Locamote Man.
Locamote Man hates Flatbed Man.
They have a fight. Locamote Wins.
Locamote Man.
2013-02-27 11:32:08 AM
6 votes:

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 11:39:51 AM
5 votes:
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 12:05:53 PM
4 votes:

Loaf's Tray: 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.

Haven't you ever seen a cop movie?  It takes a street-smart maverick who shoots from the hip and plays by his own rules to get anything done.  All those stuffy, pencil-pushin' "by-the-book" bureaucrats are getting too old for this shiat anyway, and need to be put in their place.


You've completely ignored the rag-tag band of misfits with nothing left to lose.
2013-02-27 11:55:54 AM
4 votes:
I dont understand why the train didnt just stop or swerve out of the way of the truck.
2013-02-27 11:51:45 AM
4 votes:

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 11:39:40 AM
4 votes:
Why don't they look?

/gentle pressure
2013-02-27 11:39:36 AM
4 votes:

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 11:36:32 AM
4 votes:

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 01:59:25 PM
3 votes:
xa.yimg.com
OHHHH IIII LOVE A PARAAAADE
2013-02-27 01:35:57 PM
3 votes:

poe_zlaw: I dont understand why the train didnt just stop or swerve out of the way of the truck.


Because it was an older model locomotive. No ABS.
2013-02-27 12:17:08 PM
3 votes:

ausfahrk: CheekyMonkey:

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

Google street view of the area. Image date May 2008.  Looks like a gate to me.


Yeah, poor reading comprehension on my part, for which I will be suing my eye doctor, of course.
2013-02-27 12:02:17 PM
3 votes:
I don't know, I was watching a cartoon once and the character was at a train crossing in the middle of nowhere, he looked to his right down the tracks and nothing for miles, did the same looking left and again nothing for miles but wouldn't you know it, as soon as he crossed the tracks a train from nowhere came barreling down the tracks and creamed him, supprisingly he didn't die but yeah it can happen.
2013-02-27 11:46:21 AM
3 votes:
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 11:41:40 AM
3 votes:

Mikey1969: . Did I mention farking lawyers yet?


it's one of my favorite things to do.
2013-02-27 11:34:38 AM
3 votes:

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 11:34:25 AM
3 votes:
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 06:00:50 PM
2 votes:
Good lord, PsiChick turned this thread into a train wreck.
2013-02-27 03:51:13 PM
2 votes:

Glendale: the ha ha guy: PsiChick: You have seen the end result of other cost-cutting measures companies try, right? 'Well, we don't have brakes on here because we 'forgot' to replace them and nobody's ever on the tracks anyway' would  not be the dumbest thing I've heard.


Without brakes, how would a train stop at its destination? How would it stop for other trains? How would it slow for a junction?

Brakes aren't some optional equipment to fix other's screw ups, they are literally half the point of the engine.

Since PsiChick  can't even comprehend air brakes let's not even bring up dynamic breaking or heads may asplode.


i think it's really irresponsible of union pacific to just give the engineers anchors that are chained to the engine, that they throw out the door when they are nearing depots.  fat cats!
2013-02-27 03:06:07 PM
2 votes:
In his defense the parade organizer did drive the route the day before the parade and there wasn't a train at the crossing.
2013-02-27 01:13:53 PM
2 votes:
When are they going to limit the number of cars a locomotive can pull?  And require background checks for engineers and a 5-day cooling off period before they can buy a train?

/and ban assault trains too
i.ytimg.com
2013-02-27 12:37:23 PM
2 votes:
Wow.  It takes a lot of ineptitude to make a capitalistic megacorporate railroad company look like the innocent victim.

Congratulations, Midland, Texas.
2013-02-27 12:26:39 PM
2 votes:

Chariset: ausfahrk: CheekyMonkey:

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

Google street view of the area. Image date May 2008.  Looks like a gate to me.

A gate, and completely flat land as far as the eye can see.  They would have seen the train coming for at least a minute before it actually reached them.  No possibility that it was behind a hill or curve.


The Parade Truthers are going to have a field day with this one.
2013-02-27 12:25:06 PM
2 votes:
I'm going to be driving my train swinging my arms and if you get your float in the way, it's not my fault.

In all honesty though how this could even remotely be UPRR's fault is beyond me.

/CHOO CHOO MOTHERFARKER
2013-02-27 12:18:37 PM
2 votes:
What do you expect from Midland, Tx?

static.infowars.com
2013-02-27 12:04:21 PM
2 votes:

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.


Haven't you ever seen a cop movie?  It takes a street-smart maverick who shoots from the hip and plays by his own rules to get anything done.  All those stuffy, pencil-pushin' "by-the-book" bureaucrats are getting too old for this shiat anyway, and need to be put in their place.
2013-02-27 11:58:30 AM
2 votes:
Sounds like that float driver needed a little less training.
2013-02-27 11:55:12 AM
2 votes:

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.


b-b-but GUBMINT REGULASHUN!!!
2013-02-27 11:52:09 AM
2 votes:

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 11:51:38 AM
2 votes:
\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 11:44:34 AM
2 votes:
Wanted for questioning.

i.imgur.com
2013-02-27 11:39:52 AM
2 votes:

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 11:37:52 AM
2 votes:

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 11:26:10 AM
2 votes:
"Aaaand, the Blue Ribbon for this year's Longest Strip of Jerky goes to..."
2013-02-27 06:52:25 PM
1 votes:

foxyshadis: the ha ha guy: Even at parade speeds, how did the driver not get off the rails in seven seconds? Did he panic and park on the tracks?

/saw someone do exactly that once, luckily it was only a railroad truck that set of the alarms

My dad's old beater once died right on the tracks, on Christmas Eve with my Super Nintendo in it. Fortunately, he had time to run to his neighbor's house, who came back and towed it off. Farking hated that Lincoln Continental. Of course, it was almost 25 years old by then....


Glad to know the Nintendo made it.
2013-02-27 06:34:25 PM
1 votes:

Lurk sober post drunk: Glendale: the ha ha guy: PsiChick: You have seen the end result of other cost-cutting measures companies try, right? 'Well, we don't have brakes on here because we 'forgot' to replace them and nobody's ever on the tracks anyway' would  not be the dumbest thing I've heard.


Without brakes, how would a train stop at its destination? How would it stop for other trains? How would it slow for a junction?

Brakes aren't some optional equipment to fix other's screw ups, they are literally half the point of the engine.

Since PsiChick  can't even comprehend air brakes let's not even bring up dynamic breaking or heads may asplode.

i think it's really irresponsible of union pacific to just give the engineers anchors that are chained to the engine, that they throw out the door when they are nearing depots.  fat cats!


Research tells me the 'anchor method' is proper way to stop a runaway monorail.
2013-02-27 05:41:35 PM
1 votes:

Great Porn Dragon: Lurk sober post drunk: PsiChick: logical explanation I could come up with was that there weren't brakes

it does not seem logical to me to build trains that have no brakes.  in fact, the idea strikes me as totally insane.
that said, if a train engineer sees something, he will hit it if it does not move.  not because he is a cruel man, but because trains are heavy.

Oh, I'm sure they had brakes--Union Pacific is one of the Big Four and they do get checked very frequently by NTSB to make sure all is well.  (I'd honestly be more worried about short lines and regionals, myself.)

The thing is, even with brakes, it takes a train (especially a fully loaded freight) an average of two miles or more to come to a stop--even with proximity sensors on the track (which the Big Four on average DO have at their crossings) it's STILL not enough time to bring a shiat-ton of metal to a stop in time.  (And no, the conductor wouldn't see it in time to bring it to a full stop, unless somehow Union Pacific has started hiring peregrine falcons to spot stopped vehicles at crossings).

And since apparently not a single Farker (who hasn't worked around trains, that is) seems to know this and WHY even despite fancy warning devices that folks are still told to not drive around the goddamn crossing gates, here's the Operation Lifesaver website that helpfully explains to drivers of small vehicles as to why the drivers of that float were not only invoking Darwin but practically baring their metaphorical asscheeks to Death Himself screaming "COME AT ME BRO!".

/no, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the stupids behind the float tragedy.   YOU DO NOT CROSS THE GODDAMN GATES WHEN CLOSED
//the only permanent cure for this would be raising the road crossing above track level or raising the track above road level--and a lot of the high-speed crossings ARE being re-engineered in this fashion, but harder to do so within a smaller city
///trust me when conductors have a shiatty day, week, month, and rest o ...


The only permanent cure for this would be to remove the gates.

If you're too stupid to look both ways before crossing the roadmotherfarking train tracks, then you are too stupid to live.  You darwinate out of the gene pool.

The rest of world gets progressively smarter and smarter on average.
2013-02-27 05:13:17 PM
1 votes:

Great Porn Dragon: /full disclosure--have in-laws who work for and/or are recently retired from one of the Big Four railroads


Evil corporate shill scumbag! I'm glad that you're getting good internet connectivity out on the yacht.
2013-02-27 05:04:58 PM
1 votes:

CMcMahon: 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.

But were there whistles in addition to the bells?


no. this was an older crossing, so it didn't have all the bells and whistles.
2013-02-27 04:53:12 PM
1 votes:

Langdon Alger: maybe someone can help here, but trains do have right of way over cars and pedestrians, right?


No.  You have the right of way.  They will stop.
2013-02-27 04:36:34 PM
1 votes:

Benjamin Orr: Lurk sober post drunk: Glendale: the ha ha guy: PsiChick: You have seen the end result of other cost-cutting measures companies try, right? 'Well, we don't have brakes on here because we 'forgot' to replace them and nobody's ever on the tracks anyway' would  not be the dumbest thing I've heard.


Without brakes, how would a train stop at its destination? How would it stop for other trains? How would it slow for a junction?

Brakes aren't some optional equipment to fix other's screw ups, they are literally half the point of the engine.

Since PsiChick  can't even comprehend air brakes let's not even bring up dynamic breaking or heads may asplode.

i think it's really irresponsible of union pacific to just give the engineers anchors that are chained to the engine, that they throw out the door when they are nearing depots.  fat cats!

I heard that the executives took away the anchors to use them on their yachts. Now they have to use ropes to try and lasso a tree.


We'll just have to replace it with a donut. Is there anything they can't do?
2013-02-27 04:34:22 PM
1 votes:

BKITU: about 64 gigajoules


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64 GIGAJOULES!
2013-02-27 04:25:28 PM
1 votes:
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
2013-02-27 04:18:07 PM
1 votes:

Hack Patooey: fluffy2097: 240 tons of locomotive.

110 tons of cargo in each car.

30 tons a car.

100 30 ton cars filled with 110 tons of cargo.

and it's all moving at 80 miles an hour.

Anyone care to do the math on the amount of kinetic energy something like that as?

240 times 110... plus 100... carry the two.

 I believe its a Metric Assload of kinetic energy


We don't use the metric system in this country. You must be one of them foreigners I've heard about coming to our country, taking our jobs...
2013-02-27 04:12:25 PM
1 votes:

Old_Chief_Scott: Unlike somepeople around here, I'm going to be helpful


Farkied as "wet blanket."
2013-02-27 04:02:22 PM
1 votes:

BKITU: fluffy2097: 240 tons of locomotive.

110 tons of cargo in each car.

30 tons a car.

100 30 ton cars filled with 110 tons of cargo.

and it's all moving at 80 miles an hour.

Anyone care to do the math on the amount of kinetic energy something like that as?

It was actually traveling at ~60mph. Napkin math says about 64 gigajoules, or roughly the same energy as 15 tons of TNT.


Sir Issac Newton is the deadliest sumbiatch on the road.
2013-02-27 04:01:49 PM
1 votes:

Lurk sober post drunk: Glendale: the ha ha guy: PsiChick: You have seen the end result of other cost-cutting measures companies try, right? 'Well, we don't have brakes on here because we 'forgot' to replace them and nobody's ever on the tracks anyway' would  not be the dumbest thing I've heard.


Without brakes, how would a train stop at its destination? How would it stop for other trains? How would it slow for a junction?

Brakes aren't some optional equipment to fix other's screw ups, they are literally half the point of the engine.

Since PsiChick  can't even comprehend air brakes let's not even bring up dynamic breaking or heads may asplode.

i think it's really irresponsible of union pacific to just give the engineers anchors that are chained to the engine, that they throw out the door when they are nearing depots.  fat cats!


I heard that the executives took away the anchors to use them on their yachts. Now they have to use ropes to try and lasso a tree.
2013-02-27 03:36:03 PM
1 votes:

Hack Patooey: fluffy2097: 240 tons of locomotive.

110 tons of cargo in each car.

30 tons a car.

100 30 ton cars filled with 110 tons of cargo.

and it's all moving at 80 miles an hour.

Anyone care to do the math on the amount of kinetic energy something like that as?

240 times 110... plus 100... carry the two.

 I believe its a Metric Assload of kinetic energy


Except it's Texas, the last place in the world to convert to metric.  Because, you know, socialism.  So the conversion is 1.74 Imperial Assloads of energy.

/their car mileage involves hogsheads
//speed is measured in furlongs per fortnight
///unit cancellation is weird
2013-02-27 02:52:54 PM
1 votes:

PsiChick: 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.

That said, there  should be some sort of braking system on trains so the human on board can, you know, not be forced to watch the train crush someone who ended up on the tracks. TFA didn't really go into why the train didn't stop, but even if they aren't at fault, this might be a good wake-up call for creating a braking system.

/If it's just that it was a blind corner and there wasn't enough time to stop, fair enough, but it's worth noting that trains probably should have brakes.
//I'm slightly stunned this train didn't\couldn't use them.



Sometimes, posts simply leave me speechless. Often, they're authored by PN. I don't think that this is the same sort of situation.
2013-02-27 02:48:00 PM
1 votes:

No Time To Explain: 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?


Are you around trains a lot? It's pretty easy, actually.
2013-02-27 02:41:18 PM
1 votes:
And now everyone on that truck is afflicted with sleep, poison, darkness, silence, slow, stop, berserk, confuse, doom, petrify, and vit 0.

What a tragedy.
2013-02-27 02:01:38 PM
1 votes:

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Why don't they look?

/gentle pressure


Can you identify this bucket of veterans?
2013-02-27 01:40:13 PM
1 votes:

SurelyShirley


poe_zlaw: I dont understand why the train didnt just stop or swerve out of the way of the truck.

Because it was an older model locomotive. No ABS.


That's ridiculous. How the hell is a train going to do sit-ups??
2013-02-27 01:37:21 PM
1 votes:

LeroyBourne: I know a woman from Midland.  Sweet kind gal, but yeah, not very bright.  tfa isn't helping the rest of the town.


Maybe there's something in the water sorta like that one Stephen King short story The End of the Whole Mess?
2013-02-27 01:29:26 PM
1 votes:
I don't know.... those trains can be pretty sneaky. Even if you do see the flashing lights and cross bars and hear the ringing bells and blaring train whistle, you really just never know for sure where the damn things are gonna be.
2013-02-27 01:27:52 PM
1 votes:

oldfarthenry: I believe that here should be ramps installed at railway crossings allowing the train to fly over any vehicles or parade floats using the roadways.


You're thinkin' too small...

basementrejects.com
2013-02-27 12:51:51 PM
1 votes:
Nobody pays attention to stop signs or railroad crossings in Midland

www.firstladies.org
2013-02-27 12:26:06 PM
1 votes:
"There are four lights!!"


Anyway...  I used to cross a fairly busy rail line on my way to and from work.  3 tracks.  Some commuter, some freight.  It was busy enough that I got stopped pretty much every day.  Once in a while, the gates would be down and the lights would be flashing, for longer than usual, but there was no apparent train coming from either direction.  Once in a while, someone would get impatient and actually navigate around the gates and cross - then like 2 seconds later a commuter train wizzes past at like 70mph!!!

It never ceased to amaze me how stupid and impatient people could be.  It also never ceased to amaze me that no one got hit (that I know of).
2013-02-27 12:16:28 PM
1 votes:

stuffy: Trains are not known for stopping on a dime for a reason.


Exactly. I thought trains would be able to just dodge the floats.
2013-02-27 12:10:39 PM
1 votes:

fat boy: Wellon Dowd: Wanted for questioning.

Thank god it wasn't the E units


Or 3985

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2013-02-27 12:07:38 PM
1 votes:

Wellon Dowd: Wanted for questioning.


Thank god it wasn't the E units
2013-02-27 12:00:41 PM
1 votes:
I believe that here should be ramps installed at railway crossings allowing the train to fly over any vehicles or parade floats using the roadways.
2013-02-27 12:00:30 PM
1 votes:
Woodcock? Is that you?
2013-02-27 11:58:12 AM
1 votes:
the dumbass that drove the truck onto the tracks is the responsible party here.  Yet he gets a pass.   FTFA: Midland County District Attorney Teresa Clingman announced Jan. 9 that a grand jury had declined to indict the driver, Dale Andrew Hayden.

obviously, he has no money.
2013-02-27 11:50:39 AM
1 votes:

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 11:48:24 AM
1 votes:

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 11:48:14 AM
1 votes:

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 11:43:17 AM
1 votes:

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 11:42:52 AM
1 votes:
Footage of the accident has just been posted to YouTube.
2013-02-27 11:38:42 AM
1 votes:

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 11:31:15 AM
1 votes:

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.
 
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