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(Salem Statesman-Journal)   The best time to enjoy a Carl's Jr. burger isn't at the wheel of your panel van, because you won't see the steel cable that causes your airbags to deploy, launching you onto the train tracks for an Amtrak to plow into   (statesmanjournal.com) divider line 79
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2013-03-25 05:11:07 PM  
i294.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-25 05:12:06 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: ok then, smart guy, when IS the best time to enjoy a Carl's Jr burger?!?


When you're drunk of course.
 
2013-03-25 05:18:01 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: [i294.photobucket.com image 468x683]


That made me laugh far more than it should have.
 
2013-03-25 05:22:49 PM  

RatOmeter: violentsalvation: If eating it while driving doesn't get your panel van smeared all over the place, it doesn't belong in your face.

Seriously, though - imagine what his face probably looked like immediately after the airbags deployed, all white powder (from the airbags) and hamburgery goo.


Force-feeding someone who's mid-chomp on a burger with a surprise airbag is something Johnny Knoxville might do in the next Jackass film.
 
2013-03-25 05:38:43 PM  

violentsalvation: Force-feeding someone who's mid-chomp on a burger with a surprise airbag is something Johnny Knoxville might do in the next Jackass film.


"high five!"
 
2013-03-25 05:43:55 PM  

question_dj: Does someone really enjoy it when they're eating Carl's Jr.?


If Carl's Jr. doesn't offer that man a whole lot of money for the right to his story they are a load of retards.

Carl's Jr. "We don't recommended you die for our burgers...but we understand why you'd want to."

or something along those lines.
 
2013-03-25 06:05:35 PM  
That's going to be one very expensive hamburger.
 
2013-03-25 06:10:44 PM  
I could really go for a Starbucks, you know
 
2013-03-25 06:29:36 PM  

vudukungfu: So... How much did that neat safety feature cost the taxpayers?


Likely nothing, as CSX owns the tracks and is responsible for safety features.
 
2013-03-25 06:47:08 PM  
Obviously one of those male drivers with superior spatial and motor skills.
 
2013-03-25 06:48:08 PM  

question_dj: Does someone really enjoy it when they're eating Carl's Jr.?


this
 
2013-03-25 06:49:02 PM  

ProfessorOhki: A Shambling Mound: Heathen: BarkingUnicorn: I'm trying to understand where the cable was strung.

agreed, in my next of the woods they use flashing lights and wooden barriers painted to be able to see them

I'm guessing it's a cable the runs parallel to the road (in lieu of a guardrail) and he swerved into it? No idea. I can't envision any scenario wherein a cable is actually run across a road, railroad tracks notwithstanding. Just seems like a bad idea.

Also, Carl's Jr.

I was curious too. Pretty sure I know what happened here.


i47.tinypic.com

Um.... so let's see.... instead of, say, properly marking the curve with a big yellow sign with a black arrow (and the appropriate warning signs ahead of it), somebody thought it would be a better idea just to string a clotheslining steel cable across the roadway to prevent access to the continuation of the road (saves expense of a proper crossing or signage)... and the cable isn't even strong enough as a barrier to prevent the van from ending up on the tracks, anyway?

Wow... Carls' Jr aside, this guy might have hit the lottery with a tidy lawsuit against CSX.

I've seen them pay out millions because of idiots that go around marked, flashing crossing barriers. I don't see why this guy can't get an even better payout for this nonsense.
 
2013-03-25 06:49:32 PM  
...with a helpful photo of what a hamburger might look like...
 
2013-03-25 06:52:07 PM  
whoever put up that cable is liable, if it doesn't have very noticeable flags or something on it, to make it visible. the guy is lucky it didn't come through and cut his head off. this almost happened to my dad once, in the 70's. original land rover, top off, doors off, windshield down, tearing down dirt roads.. .. the only thing that saved him was when the cable hit the spare tire, mounted on the hood. the tire flew over his head. he hit the brakes and the cable was neck high, inches in front of him. the police and land owner came to an agreement that he would pay the damages to the vehicle, put visible markers on any cables, and there would be no further troubles.
 
2013-03-25 06:54:37 PM  

LesserEvil: Um.... so let's see.... instead of, say, properly marking the curve with a big yellow sign with a black arrow (and the appropriate warning signs ahead of it), somebody thought it would be a better idea just to string a clotheslining steel cable across the roadway to prevent access to the continuation of the road (saves expense of a proper crossing or signage)... and the cable isn't even strong enough as a barrier to prevent the van from ending up on the tracks, anyway?


Not only that, there's a nice clear cut out in the bushes which makes it appear that the road continues straight. If it's mid-day and you're paying attention it's obvious there's a turn. But yeah, I can see where a distracted driver in poor visibility or darkness might just plow straight ahead there. Accident just waiting to happen....
 
2013-03-25 07:02:56 PM  
Carls Jr Western Bacon Cheeseburger with crisscut fries if you're drunk.  Double WBC if drunk and stoned.  Toss out the onion rings, and replace with cc fries and taste heaven.  Too bad they're not open 24 hrs.
 
2013-03-25 07:10:26 PM  
Railroad police?

Are they affiliated with the phone cops?
 
2013-03-25 07:21:30 PM  
Looks like a service access to me. I can see a cable-type gate being used there.
 
2013-03-25 07:35:25 PM  

LesserEvil: Um.... so let's see.... instead of, say, properly marking the curve with a big yellow sign with a black arrow (and the appropriate warning signs ahead of it), somebody thought it would be a better idea just to string a clotheslining steel cable across the roadway to prevent access to the continuation of the road (saves expense of a proper crossing or signage)... and the cable isn't even strong enough as a barrier to prevent the van from ending up on the tracks, anyway?

Wow... Carls' Jr aside, this guy might have hit the lottery with a tidy lawsuit against CSX.

I've seen them pay out millions because of idiots that go around marked, flashing crossing barriers. I don't see why this guy can't get an even better payout for this nonsense.


I am not sure what you are really seeing.  I agree that the turn in the road isn't well marked, but the tracks doesn't not involve a continuation of the road.  There is no crossing there and the cable is at 60 degrees going up the utility pole.  CSX isn't to blame for anything, but the state or local government is for not putting up more of a barrier keeping traffic from reaching the tracks altogether.  I do agree he deserves a ticket since he LEFT the roadway.

This isn't any different than Branch Rd in Flint, which I live near.  Branch does the same thing Boone rd does by stopping and traffic follows a curve to go around an obstacle and the picks up on the other side of that obstacle.  In the case with Branch it is Kearsley Lake and right now(no leaves on trees) I can see straight across to the Branch and Richfield intersection before going slightly down hill and turning right following the road.  It would be my fault if I go straight and find myself swimming for my life.  Although unlike Boone Rd, Branch is much better marked and has a guard rail.  Whether or not the local road commission will have to pay this guy is up to the courts, but I wouldn't blame CSX anymore than I would blame the lake the time a girl put her red sports car in it.  She went over the guard rail.
 
2013-03-25 07:38:45 PM  

cretinbob: An Amtrak?


Yes. When reporting on a vibrating object, you never call it "his Amtrak".
 
2013-03-25 07:40:12 PM  
worlddan: 

If Carl's Jr. doesn't offer that man a whole lot of money for the right to his story they are a load of retards.


You +1'd this publicly.  UndoThere are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick-ass lives.
 
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2013-03-25 07:40:21 PM  
I love the reference picture of what a carl jr's hamburger looks like.
 
2013-03-25 07:41:31 PM  

Beerbarian: Railroad police?

Are they affiliated with the phone cops?


Nope. They're real
 
2013-03-25 07:46:29 PM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: The Carl Jr brand is part of the Hardee's brand, right? I've refused to patronize or recommend Hardee's ever since its disgusting series of TV commercials amped up the sound effects of people eating.

It would be as if they told me cockroaches were their secret ingredient.

Never again.


Hardees/Carl's Jr doesn't sell food, it sells sex.

/Which is why it tastes like the cook jizzed in your burger.
 
2013-03-25 07:54:30 PM  

LesserEvil: Um.... so let's see.... instead of, say, properly marking the curve with a big yellow sign with a black arrow (and the appropriate warning signs ahead of it), somebody thought it would be a better idea just to string a clotheslining steel cable across the roadway to prevent access to the continuation of the road (saves expense of a proper crossing or signage)... and the cable isn't even strong enough as a barrier to prevent the van from ending up on the tracks, anyway?


It looks like that might be a railroad access road, actually, judging from the tracks on the dirt. Or a late-night makeout spot. (Because locomotives roaring next to you is so sexy.)
 
2013-03-25 08:01:41 PM  

lack of warmth: LesserEvil: Um.... so let's see.... instead of, say, properly marking the curve with a big yellow sign with a black arrow (and the appropriate warning signs ahead of it), somebody thought it would be a better idea just to string a clotheslining steel cable across the roadway to prevent access to the continuation of the road (saves expense of a proper crossing or signage)... and the cable isn't even strong enough as a barrier to prevent the van from ending up on the tracks, anyway?

Wow... Carls' Jr aside, this guy might have hit the lottery with a tidy lawsuit against CSX.

I've seen them pay out millions because of idiots that go around marked, flashing crossing barriers. I don't see why this guy can't get an even better payout for this nonsense.

I am not sure what you are really seeing.  I agree that the turn in the road isn't well marked, but the tracks doesn't not involve a continuation of the road.  There is no crossing there and the cable is at 60 degrees going up the utility pole.  CSX isn't to blame for anything, but the state or local government is for not putting up more of a barrier keeping traffic from reaching the tracks altogether.  I do agree he deserves a ticket since he LEFT the roadway.

This isn't any different than Branch Rd in Flint, which I live near.  Branch does the same thing Boone rd does by stopping and traffic follows a curve to go around an obstacle and the picks up on the other side of that obstacle.  In the case with Branch it is Kearsley Lake and right now(no leaves on trees) I can see straight across to the Branch and Richfield intersection before going slightly down hill and turning right following the road.  It would be my fault if I go straight and find myself swimming for my life.  Although unlike Boone Rd, Branch is much better marked and has a guard rail.  Whether or not the local road commission will have to pay this guy is up to the courts, but I wouldn't blame CSX anymore than I would blame the lake the time a girl put her ...


Ah, fellow a Flintoid.

If you look at the map and the picture, it is clear the road used to continue straight through. If I had to guess, the railroad didn't want to maintain a crossing a few decades ago (or it was a simple sign with no lights) and closed access to it after an accident or two. This happens... I'm in Fenton, and when a crossing here in town was the subject of a nasty accident about 13 or 14 years ago, the railroad decided just to close it, instead of putting up a proper full crossing (I suspect in trade for the town's future development plans that resulted in a lot of work for the railroad). Of course, it is properly barricaded and there is no possibility of a vehicle crossing there.

I'm not sure what the point is about Branch... unlike the picture above, you certainly can't see a continuation of the road at the end of Branch... heading south, there are yellow/black arrow signs marking the curve, and heading north, there is a pretty clearly marked "Road Ends" sign with a reflective Red sign, too.

On a second look at the picture of Boone rd, I do see an arrow sign, but geeze... it's presented more than halfway through the curve on the RIGHT of the gap. I've traveled on a LOT of country roads that have paving curving away, but the actual road runs straight into gravel. It's not a stretch that the guy thought (perhaps rightfully) Boone Rd was just dropping to gravel at that point.

In any event, it is still poorly marked. Why isn't there a proper barricade? I'm guessing people have used that crossing as a shortcut for years, and CSX just didn't want to spend the money to block it off properly, same as not wanting to spend money to put in a proper crossing. In the end, it was cheaper to throw a few thousand at a local township board member.
 
2013-03-25 10:52:44 PM  
I'm glad they included a picture of what a hamburger looks like.
 
2013-03-26 01:51:27 AM  
If he had eaten at Sonic he would have been fine.

/Salem joke.
 
2013-03-26 09:42:46 AM  
If he'd had a Carlsberg instead of a Carl's burger, he would have been fine.
 
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