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(KSL Salt Lake City)   Grandmother of the year drives her car out on RR tracks while the warning signals were flashing, then gets trapped by they crossing arms. Does she (a) get her grandchild out of the car seat, or (b) attempt to manually raise the crossing arm?   (ksl.com) divider line 67
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FNG [TotalFark]
2013-06-06 03:14:53 AM  
Staggers the imagination.
 
2013-06-06 07:47:53 AM  
What? No C?
 
2013-06-06 09:13:19 AM  
Christ. Drive through the arms; I assure you, they will break off.

/tfa even says it
//and who takes that sort of chance with a child in the back?
 
2013-06-06 09:13:34 AM  
Who's Roy?
 
2013-06-06 09:14:38 AM  
"They crossing arms" must have made off with C!
 
2013-06-06 09:18:11 AM  
The real story here is the baby.  Stupid drivers and caretakers are a dime a dozen.  Babies who survive a train crashing into their car?  Not so much.
 
2013-06-06 09:19:59 AM  

Yes please: The real story here is the baby.  Stupid drivers and caretakers are a dime a dozen.  Babies who survive a train crashing into their car?  Not so much.


MrGlass dot jay pee gee
 
2013-06-06 09:20:21 AM  
Too bad she already had children.
 
2013-06-06 09:20:36 AM  
 
2013-06-06 09:20:59 AM  
The design of those crossing arms is that you drive through them,

They're actually designed to break away with very little pressure


2.bp.blogspot.com

I did not know that!

/seriously
//but I would never put myself in a situation where that knowledge was needed.
///your reading this in carson's voice
 
2013-06-06 09:21:33 AM  

Yes please: The real story here is the baby.  Stupid drivers and caretakers are a dime a dozen.  Babies who survive a train crashing into their car?  Not so much.



storage.canoe.ca

Is intrigued.
 
2013-06-06 09:22:43 AM  
No shiat, Ric Romero...

Oh, wait...

From TFA: McKenzie Romero
McKenzie Romero is a reporter for Deseret News and KSL covering breaking news and evening events
 
2013-06-06 09:23:23 AM  
Stupid.

This is how it works.
 
2013-06-06 09:24:44 AM  

ltdanman44: The design of those crossing arms is that you drive through them,

They're actually designed to break away with very little pressure

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 442x340]

I did not know that!

/seriously
//but I would never put myself in a situation where that knowledge was needed.
///your reading this in carson's voice


I didn't expect that they'd be designed to easily break away but I'd still ram them with my tiny-ass little Saturn if it was the difference between being hit by a train or not.
 
2013-06-06 09:25:48 AM  
Driving through the arms would have scratched the car.
 
2013-06-06 09:27:46 AM  
Funny, I always knew you could just drive through the damn things, but I didn't know they were that fragile till I started working in a town that had like a bazillion crossings. People would end up racing the arms, trying to get under before the arms came down. Long story short, the bolts that hold those things to the actual metal arm are designed in such a way that they just snap off. Neat setup.
 
2013-06-06 09:29:23 AM  

Yes please: The real story here is the baby.  Stupid drivers and caretakers are a dime a dozen.  Babies who survive a train crashing into their car?  Not so much.


pd.scisdragons.net
 
2013-06-06 09:29:25 AM  

meanmutton: ltdanman44: The design of those crossing arms is that you drive through them,

They're actually designed to break away with very little pressure

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 442x340]

I did not know that!

/seriously
//but I would never put myself in a situation where that knowledge was needed.
///your reading this in carson's voice

I didn't expect that they'd be designed to easily break away but I'd still ram them with my tiny-ass little Saturn if it was the difference between being hit by a train or not.


Same thing at toll booths.
 
2013-06-06 09:29:38 AM  

Misch: No shiat, Ric Romero...

Oh, wait...

From TFA: McKenzie Romero
McKenzie Romero is a reporter for Deseret News and KSL covering breaking news and evening events


img.ksl.com

I'd suggest a meme transition if she were more fist-of-god-dy, but I kinda like Ric... he's like a real-life Ned Flanders.

/Stupid sexy Flanders
 
2013-06-06 09:33:09 AM  

Scorpius.Raven: Christ. Drive through the arms; I assure you, they will break off.


You silly, that would have scratched her car!
 
2013-06-06 09:42:29 AM  

ltdanman44: The design of those crossing arms is that you drive through them,

They're actually designed to break away with very little pressure

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 442x340]

I did not know that!

/seriously
//but I would never put myself in a situation where that knowledge was needed.
///your reading this in carson's voice


That's good to know. Next time those farkers are down, and the train is taking it's sweet ass time getting there, I'll just ram through those bastards and be on my way.
 
2013-06-06 09:46:34 AM  
What did you expect?  It happened in Utah.  This time Sunday, the little old woman will be telling all her friends how her magical Mormon underwear saved her life.  I am not kidding either.  I was raised in the Mormon church, and those idiots will always talk about how their magical underwear saved their lives.  Then you hear the actual story, and you discover that they are stretching things a tidbit.

What's really funny is when they assume someone is another Mormon, and then they get all embarrassed when they realize other people do not find this normal.
 
2013-06-06 09:55:06 AM  

MythDragon: ltdanman44: The design of those crossing arms is that you drive through them,

They're actually designed to break away with very little pressure

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 442x340]

I did not know that!

/seriously
//but I would never put myself in a situation where that knowledge was needed.
///your reading this in carson's voice

That's good to know. Next time those farkers are down, and the train is taking it's sweet ass time getting there, I'll just ram through those bastards and be on my way.


They only break off easy from the back side. Try to crash through the one on your side and it works like a pinball flipper throwing you back, oh, I'd say a hundred yards or so.
 
2013-06-06 09:57:01 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: What did you expect?  It happened in Utah.  This time Sunday, the little old woman will be telling all her friends how her magical Mormon underwear saved her life.  I am not kidding either.  I was raised in the Mormon church, and those idiots will always talk about how their magical underwear saved their lives.  Then you hear the actual story, and you discover that they are stretching things a tidbit.

What's really funny is when they assume someone is another Mormon, and then they get all embarrassed when they realize other people do not find this normal.


The "little old lady grandmother" was probably 40.
 
2013-06-06 09:58:14 AM  
I google mapped the location (West 4800 S St at S 2700 West, Roy Utah) and the arms block traffic from entering the crossing only. No arms are in place on the opposite side of the crossing for the respective lanes. It appears as though once you are past the arm on either the east or west bound lane, one merely accelerates to move over the tracks and down the road. Maybe the crossing has changed since the google map car took pictures?
 
2013-06-06 10:01:46 AM  
FTFA:  Whinham said he hopes the incident will teach people in similar situations to drive through the crossing arms and off the tracks if their car is still operable.

How about just stopping when the lights begin flashing?
 
2013-06-06 10:01:47 AM  

FrancoFile: Some Coke Drinking Guy: What did you expect?  It happened in Utah.  This time Sunday, the little old woman will be telling all her friends how her magical Mormon underwear saved her life.  I am not kidding either.  I was raised in the Mormon church, and those idiots will always talk about how their magical underwear saved their lives.  Then you hear the actual story, and you discover that they are stretching things a tidbit.

What's really funny is when they assume someone is another Mormon, and then they get all embarrassed when they realize other people do not find this normal.

The "little old lady grandmother" was probably 40.


True, they do have kids young.  That won't stop her about blathering about her magic undies however.  Shame Mitt lost, could you imagine the savings we would have had on secret service protection, which he wouldn't need.
 
2013-06-06 10:02:10 AM  

Mr. Cat Poop: They only break off easy from the back side. Try to crash through the one on your side and it works like a pinball flipper throwing you back, oh, I'd say a hundred yards or so.


um... no.  Physics does not work that way, not even a little bit.
 
2013-06-06 10:04:02 AM  

meanmutton: I didn't expect that they'd be designed to easily break away but I'd still ram them with my tiny-ass little Saturn if it was the difference between being hit by a train or not.


Yeah.  I didn't realize they were breakaway designs but I would have expected any car to win a battle with the arm.  There's no reason for them to be strong and they would have to be built very strong in order to win the battle.
 
2013-06-06 10:07:55 AM  
K who's the dipshiat that keeps linking to ksl? Honestly. Why not just link to any high school newspaper instead? Better writing, for starters, and they aren't owned by the LDS Church.
 
2013-06-06 10:08:58 AM  

Tom_Slick: People need to be shown this at regular intervals.


That's too long. Show them this instead
 
2013-06-06 10:09:01 AM  

Alonjar: Mr. Cat Poop: They only break off easy from the back side. Try to crash through the one on your side and it works like a pinball flipper throwing you back, oh, I'd say a hundred yards or so.

um... no.  Physics does not work that way, not even a little bit.


Whooooosh!
 
2013-06-06 10:11:45 AM  

that was my nickname in highschool: Yes please: The real story here is the baby.  Stupid drivers and caretakers are a dime a dozen.  Babies who survive a train crashing into their car?  Not so much.


[storage.canoe.ca image 450x300]

Is intrigued.


Hmmm. I'd not spotted that before. He has the same hair-do as Moss from IT Crowd.
 
2013-06-06 10:23:18 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: Tom_Slick: People need to be shown this at regular intervals.

That's too long. Show them this instead


Then there is this safety message from across the pond.
 
2013-06-06 10:41:06 AM  
I don't know what it is about the Salt Lake Valley, but people are constantly ignoring light rail signals, driving onto the tracks when lights are flashing, trying to beat the train. And then they complain that the light rail system is too dangerous.

Oh wait, I do know what it is. This is Utah. People here confuse "rugged individualism" with "the rules don't apply to me".
 
2013-06-06 10:43:41 AM  

flux: I don't know what it is about the Salt Lake Valley, but people are constantly ignoring light rail signals, driving onto the tracks when lights are flashing, trying to beat the train. And then they complain that the light rail system is too dangerous.

Oh wait, I do know what it is. This is Utah. People here confuse "rugged individualism" with "the rules don't apply to me".


This. Also, people here just aren't very bright. So trains are much more dangerous than they need to be.
 
2013-06-06 10:45:34 AM  
flux: "the rules Physics don't apply to me".

FTFY
 
2013-06-06 10:53:35 AM  

Alonjar: Mr. Cat Poop: They only break off easy from the back side. Try to crash through the one on your side and it works like a pinball flipper throwing you back, oh, I'd say a hundred yards or so.

um... no.  Physics does not work that way, not even a little bit.


Physics has absolutely nothing to do with pinball.
 
2013-06-06 10:58:01 AM  

squishface: flux: I don't know what it is about the Salt Lake Valley, but people are constantly ignoring light rail signals, driving onto the tracks when lights are flashing, trying to beat the train. And then they complain that the light rail system is too dangerous.

Oh wait, I do know what it is. This is Utah. People here confuse "rugged individualism" with "the rules don't apply to me".

This. Also, people here just aren't very bright. So trains are much more dangerous than they need to be.


The smart ones realized Brigham Young was full of crap, and just after their wives (a lot of his polygamous wives had been married to other men, when he took them away for himself) and got the hell out of there.  Didn't leave good breeding stock.
 
2013-06-06 11:07:28 AM  
personally, i think we should switch to something like this

www.deltascientific.com
 
2013-06-06 11:12:58 AM  
The woman then exited the vehicle and tried to get help raising the crossing arms, but was unsuccessful, Whinham said. She was still outside the car when the train hit, ripping off the front of the vehicle, while the child remained in a car seat in the back seat.


...YOU DUMB BIATCH!!!!!!
 
2013-06-06 11:21:45 AM  
This is why after my son is born in a few days, I'm not leaving him with my in-laws without supervision... EVAR.
 
2013-06-06 11:23:38 AM  

metal_gear: The woman then exited the vehicle and tried to get help raising the crossing arms, but was unsuccessful, Whinham said. She was still outside the car when the train hit, ripping off the front of the vehicle, while the child remained in a car seat in the back seat.


...YOU DUMB BIATCH!!!!!!


Seriously.  When are they going to file charges for child endangerment?
 
2013-06-06 11:25:37 AM  

Buttknuckle: metal_gear: The woman then exited the vehicle and tried to get help raising the crossing arms, but was unsuccessful, Whinham said. She was still outside the car when the train hit, ripping off the front of the vehicle, while the child remained in a car seat in the back seat.


...YOU DUMB BIATCH!!!!!!

Seriously.  When are they going to file charges for child endangerment?


Imagine if it was your mom... taking your kid out for the day...  what would you do?  How would you respond?

Geez.....
 
2013-06-06 11:28:18 AM  
Dumb ways to die.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-06 11:41:59 AM  

Mr. Cat Poop: Alonjar: Mr. Cat Poop: They only break off easy from the back side. Try to crash through the one on your side and it works like a pinball flipper throwing you back, oh, I'd say a hundred yards or so.

um... no.  Physics does not work that way, not even a little bit.

Physics has absolutely nothing to do with pinball.


um .. no again,  Pinball is all physics.
 
2013-06-06 11:55:42 AM  

boarch: This is why after my son is born in a few days, I'm not leaving him with my in-laws without supervision... EVAR.


This is something I could imagine my mother-in-law doing. She averages about one accident or fender bender a year. We half-joke that she will one day find a way to overturn the car in a 4" rain puddle and drown. Then she acts insulted that we won't let her drive both children around at the same time...
 
2013-06-06 11:59:52 AM  

Alonjar: Mr. Cat Poop: They only break off easy from the back side. Try to crash through the one on your side and it works like a pinball flipper throwing you back, oh, I'd say a hundred yards or so.

um... no.  Physics does not work that way, not even a little bit.


Time to recalibrate your meter.
Actually, first, check to make sure the meter has power.
 
2013-06-06 12:10:29 PM  
Around here, the arms only come down to block you from entering the rail area, not from leaving it. I wonder what the logic is for them to have arms blocking both ingress and egress? People seeing an opening and swerving around the arm in an attempt to beat the train?
 
2013-06-06 12:18:20 PM  

Tom_Slick: Old_Chief_Scott: Tom_Slick: People need to be shown this at regular intervals.

That's too long. Show them this instead

Then there is this safety message from across the pond.


Very good, but still a tad long. How about this?
 
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