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2014-03-23 11:58:40 PM
If only there were some way of predicting their path of travel...
 
2014-03-24 12:02:42 AM

fusillade762: If only there were some way of predicting their path of travel...


Or some audible warning of their approach...
 
2014-03-24 12:14:41 AM
Or not walk on their goddamned rails. YOU PEOPLE ARE MORONS! HOW DID YOU LIVE TO BE TEENAGERS? EVOLUTIONARY PRESSURES SHOULD HAVE KILLED YOU OFF AS CHILDREN! The train runs where the rails are. HOW HARD IS THAT TO GET THROUGH YOUR farkING SKULLS??
www.details.com

Turns out, not too hard. *Squish*

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2014-03-24 02:39:45 AM
Darwin in action.
 
2014-03-24 02:42:56 AM
Seems like a problem that will resolve itself on time. The track walkers will fall prey to the train's predation and in time become extinct. Trains have evolved more stealthy hunting habits overtime. There is no reason to interfere. After the walkers are gone the cars will still be left for it.
 
2014-03-24 02:46:53 AM
A bigger problem is that f*cking useless menu bar at the top of all Yahoo crap. Thanks for taking up screen space for no f*cking reason, you jackholes.
 
2014-03-24 02:51:24 AM
Why don't they look, Ralph. Tell me, why don't they look?
 
2014-03-24 03:00:55 AM

Maggie_Luna: Seems like a problem that will resolve itself on time. The track walkers will fall prey to the train's predation and in time become extinct. Trains have evolved more stealthy hunting habits overtime. There is no reason to interfere. After the walkers are gone the cars will still be left for it.



On time? The trains are never on time. Unless they're fascist. Fascist trains pride themselves on their on-timeliness.
 
2014-03-24 03:04:06 AM
The growing problem is that there are people who believe this is a problem and not telling people that railroad tracks are dangerous at any time.
/had train tracks behind our subdivision.
//only went along side the rails, never on
///except to feel if one was coming
//funny, no one was reported being hit accidentally then.
////gratuitous slashies
 
2014-03-24 03:12:10 AM
A few thoughts, then:

- Anyone who suffers from "distracted walking" deserves whatever bad thing happens to them. If you're stupid enough to not pay attention to where you're walking or the surroundings, then maybe you don't deserve to walk anywhere. (I also have zero sympathy for people who sit on their mobile devices while driving and get into accidents.)*

- Unless these kids were deaf, I cannot see how they didn't hear something large and deathly coming at them at speed.

- With all the stories I've read of injured and dead pedestrians, I am slightly terrified when I go off to walk wherever. And even scarier when I attempt to cross streets more than two lanes wide. Further, I understand why people are scared for me. Unfortunately, where I live, the city isn't exactly set up for pedestrians. There are no crosswalks, no zebra crossings, no flashing "Hey! Pedestrians will try to cross here! Look out!" signs, no nothing. I miss living in a city with crosswalks, since while I was there I wasn't playing games with my life.
 
2014-03-24 03:13:15 AM
Why are kids walking on train tracks in the first place?
 
2014-03-24 03:13:46 AM
bet they had earbuds in, music up and noses buried in their phones
 
2014-03-24 03:16:00 AM
I guess you could say they were....distrackted
 
2014-03-24 03:19:10 AM

maram500: A few thoughts, then:

- Anyone who suffers from "distracted walking" deserves whatever bad thing happens to them. If you're stupid enough to not pay attention to where you're walking or the surroundings, then maybe you don't deserve to walk anywhere. (I also have zero sympathy for people who sit on their mobile devices while driving and get into accidents.)*

- Unless these kids were deaf, I cannot see how they didn't hear something large and deathly coming at them at speed.

- With all the stories I've read of injured and dead pedestrians, I am slightly terrified when I go off to walk wherever. And even scarier when I attempt to cross streets more than two lanes wide. Further, I understand why people are scared for me. Unfortunately, where I live, the city isn't exactly set up for pedestrians. There are no crosswalks, no zebra crossings, no flashing "Hey! Pedestrians will try to cross here! Look out!" signs, no nothing. I miss living in a city with crosswalks, since while I was there I wasn't playing games with my life.


I'd be afraid, too, if my neighborhood had drive-thru daiquiri windows.
 
2014-03-24 03:34:27 AM
i54.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-24 03:40:02 AM

Danger Avoid Death: maram500: A few thoughts, then:

- Anyone who suffers from "distracted walking" deserves whatever bad thing happens to them. If you're stupid enough to not pay attention to where you're walking or the surroundings, then maybe you don't deserve to walk anywhere. (I also have zero sympathy for people who sit on their mobile devices while driving and get into accidents.)*

- Unless these kids were deaf, I cannot see how they didn't hear something large and deathly coming at them at speed.

- With all the stories I've read of injured and dead pedestrians, I am slightly terrified when I go off to walk wherever. And even scarier when I attempt to cross streets more than two lanes wide. Further, I understand why people are scared for me. Unfortunately, where I live, the city isn't exactly set up for pedestrians. There are no crosswalks, no zebra crossings, no flashing "Hey! Pedestrians will try to cross here! Look out!" signs, no nothing. I miss living in a city with crosswalks, since while I was there I wasn't playing games with my life.

I'd be afraid, too, if my neighborhood had drive-thru daiquiri windows.


Four! We've got four places like that! Ah-ah-ah-ah! Even New Orleans seems safer than my city--and they've got a shooting every six hours. How f***ed up is that?
 
2014-03-24 03:48:10 AM

maram500: Danger Avoid Death: maram500: A few thoughts, then:

- Anyone who suffers from "distracted walking" deserves whatever bad thing happens to them. If you're stupid enough to not pay attention to where you're walking or the surroundings, then maybe you don't deserve to walk anywhere. (I also have zero sympathy for people who sit on their mobile devices while driving and get into accidents.)*

- Unless these kids were deaf, I cannot see how they didn't hear something large and deathly coming at them at speed.

- With all the stories I've read of injured and dead pedestrians, I am slightly terrified when I go off to walk wherever. And even scarier when I attempt to cross streets more than two lanes wide. Further, I understand why people are scared for me. Unfortunately, where I live, the city isn't exactly set up for pedestrians. There are no crosswalks, no zebra crossings, no flashing "Hey! Pedestrians will try to cross here! Look out!" signs, no nothing. I miss living in a city with crosswalks, since while I was there I wasn't playing games with my life.

I'd be afraid, too, if my neighborhood had drive-thru daiquiri windows.

Four! We've got four places like that! Ah-ah-ah-ah! Even New Orleans seems safer than my city--and they've got a shooting every six hours. How f***ed up is that?


My dad's from West Monroe, so I've seen firsthand the lackadaisical attitude toward drinking and driving in Louisiana. Most places you drink, and then you drive. In Louisiana it seems perfectly acceptable to do both at the same time. In the small town my dad lived in he used to wave at the local sheriff as they drove past each other. One day the sheriff told my dad, "I like that you wave at me when driving by, but just don't do it with the hand that's holding your beer."
 
2014-03-24 03:51:24 AM

maram500: A few thoughts, then:

- Anyone who suffers from "distracted walking" deserves whatever bad thing happens to them. If you're stupid enough to not pay attention to where you're walking or the surroundings, then maybe you don't deserve to walk anywhere. (I also have zero sympathy for people who sit on their mobile devices while driving and get into accidents.)*

- Unless these kids were deaf, I cannot see how they didn't hear something large and deathly coming at them at speed.

- With all the stories I've read of injured and dead pedestrians, I am slightly terrified when I go off to walk wherever. And even scarier when I attempt to cross streets more than two lanes wide. Further, I understand why people are scared for me. Unfortunately, where I live, the city isn't exactly set up for pedestrians. There are no crosswalks, no zebra crossings, no flashing "Hey! Pedestrians will try to cross here! Look out!" signs, no nothing. I miss living in a city with crosswalks, since while I was there I wasn't playing games with my life.


Even if they were deaf they should have felt the vibrations from the train. I live a 1/4 mile from a rail line and I can even feel Metra trains as they roll pass.
 
2014-03-24 03:53:16 AM

Danger Avoid Death: maram500: Danger Avoid Death: maram500: A few thoughts, then:

- Anyone who suffers from "distracted walking" deserves whatever bad thing happens to them. If you're stupid enough to not pay attention to where you're walking or the surroundings, then maybe you don't deserve to walk anywhere. (I also have zero sympathy for people who sit on their mobile devices while driving and get into accidents.)*

- Unless these kids were deaf, I cannot see how they didn't hear something large and deathly coming at them at speed.

- With all the stories I've read of injured and dead pedestrians, I am slightly terrified when I go off to walk wherever. And even scarier when I attempt to cross streets more than two lanes wide. Further, I understand why people are scared for me. Unfortunately, where I live, the city isn't exactly set up for pedestrians. There are no crosswalks, no zebra crossings, no flashing "Hey! Pedestrians will try to cross here! Look out!" signs, no nothing. I miss living in a city with crosswalks, since while I was there I wasn't playing games with my life.

I'd be afraid, too, if my neighborhood had drive-thru daiquiri windows.

Four! We've got four places like that! Ah-ah-ah-ah! Even New Orleans seems safer than my city--and they've got a shooting every six hours. How f***ed up is that?

My dad's from West Monroe, so I've seen firsthand the lackadaisical attitude toward drinking and driving in Louisiana. Most places you drink, and then you drive. In Louisiana it seems perfectly acceptable to do both at the same time. In the small town my dad lived in he used to wave at the local sheriff as they drove past each other. One day the sheriff told my dad, "I like that you wave at me when driving by, but just don't do it with the hand that's holding your beer."


It seems to me that drink-driving is a pastime in north Louisiana, but down here--below I-10--drinking is a religion. Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't people who bring a six-pack into church on Sundays.

/My dear old bastard of a father knew how to drink
//The roads of the city were littered with his empty beer cans when I was a wee lad
///Then he divorced my mother, skipped town, and died a piece of sh*t
 
2014-03-24 03:55:03 AM
Oh nice. The train wreck thread. How cute
 
2014-03-24 04:05:26 AM
♫I never meant to cause you any sorrow.
I never meant to cause you any pain.
I only wanted to one time see you flying.
I only wanted to see you flying in the purple rain.

I'm ninja train, ninja train♫
 
2014-03-24 04:07:09 AM
to the extent i read the article

appears that it was the trains fault

???

/i dont think so
 
2014-03-24 04:08:30 AM

Araltaln: Why don't they look, Ralph. Tell me, why don't they look?


Guess they didn't get a last chance to see, hm?
 
2014-03-24 04:13:53 AM

fredirc: Maggie_Luna: Seems like a problem that will resolve itself on time. The track walkers will fall prey to the train's predation and in time become extinct. Trains have evolved more stealthy hunting habits overtime. There is no reason to interfere. After the walkers are gone the cars will still be left for it.


On time? The trains are never on time. Unless they're fascist. Fascist trains pride themselves on their on-timeliness.


Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-03-24 04:42:08 AM

maram500: Four! We've got four places like that! Ah-ah-ah-ah! Even New Orleans seems safer than my city--and they've got a shooting every six hours. How f***ed up is that?


And that's just the cops
 
2014-03-24 04:45:55 AM
www.automopedia.org
 
2014-03-24 05:03:48 AM
Shouldve stayed out of Friend's zone
 
2014-03-24 05:10:10 AM
Don't you just love how people try to blame the railroad in a case like this?

/in reference to my earlier post, I heart MST3K.
 
2014-03-24 05:18:38 AM

Xanadone: Don't you just love how people try to blame the railroad in a case like this?

/in reference to my earlier post, I heart MST3K.


Pity they were trespassing on railroad land then.
 
2014-03-24 06:42:19 AM
FTFA: "Sometimes these trains, when you're directly in front of them, can sneak up on you," Marysville Police Chief David Baker said, according to KXTV.

No.  No they don't.
 
2014-03-24 07:00:28 AM

viscountalpha: Why are kids walking on train tracks in the first place?


There's no other way to get to Terminus.
 
2014-03-24 07:21:10 AM
I've seen a previously low speed section have rail improvements and the speed limit increased result in a few close calls before.  People walking the tracks would hear the train and calmly hop down at the nearest dry section and wait for train to trundle by.  All of a sudden the train is traveling twice as fast and people are just used to not worrying about it.
 
2014-03-24 07:36:58 AM
In a three-part series on pedestrian train accidents, the Post-Dispatch reports that pedestrian accidents are a problem without an easy solution.

Easy solution: stop walking on farking railroad tracks, morons!
 
2014-03-24 07:41:26 AM
How hard is it to make a damn walking path parallel to the tracks?
 
2014-03-24 09:05:13 AM
The kid that died is a heroic farker....also stupid. And dead. Train tracks are not pedestrian walkways and trains don't stop on a dime. Don't walk on the tracks ya idjits!

On the bright side that's one less mouth to feed.
 
2014-03-24 09:07:50 AM
"In a three-part series on pedestrian train accidents, the Post-Dispatch reports that pedestrian accidents are a problem without an easy solution. Railroad tracks are private property, which means victims are trespassing at their own risk. Yet train operators take few if any measures to mitigate the risks, such as building fences to block trespassers in some high-traffic areas, the newspaper reports."

fta.

I like it's somehow the railroads responsibility to spend millions of dollars in building and maintaining fences to keep people from dying. Sorry, not sorry. The people who die by getting hit by train are the same people who would die with or without the fences, they'll just climb em. Then somebody is going to sue because the rr didn't do ENOUGH to stop their bright, young, beautiful child from becoming pink mist. Well, if it's inevitable, might as well keep the cost down.
 
2014-03-24 09:12:10 AM

fusillade762: If only there were some way of predicting their path of travel...


upload.wikimedia.org

Only  John W Trimmer can help us.
 
2014-03-24 09:12:55 AM

maram500: It seems to me that drink-driving is a pastime in north Louisiana, but down here--below I-10--drinking is a religion. Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't people who bring a six-pack into church on Sundays.



If you've ever opened a beer in church...

www.hollywoodreporter.com
 
2014-03-24 09:16:05 AM

LewDux: ♫I never meant to cause you any sorrow.
I never meant to cause you any pain.
I only wanted to one time see you flying.
I only wanted to see you flying in the purple rain.

I'm ninja train, ninja train♫


s0.geograph.org.uk

What a ninja train might look like.
 
2014-03-24 09:44:00 AM
If ever I've seen a topic that requires a Lewis Black rant, this is it.
 
2014-03-24 12:27:00 PM
Someone upthread mentioned the train speeds increasing due to track improvements. That and this 'distracted walking' thing are probably behind the increase in these accidents...but that's really neither here nor there. Stay off the tracks and you won't get hit by a train!

...Unless it derails and comes flying your way or chases you up an escalator, I guess...
 
2014-03-24 12:43:16 PM

5 star chef of tv dinners: FTFA: "Sometimes these trains, when you're directly in front of them, can sneak up on you," Marysville Police Chief David Baker said, according to KXTV.

No.  No they don't.


They can, just not in the "you didn't see it coming" way.  Trains sneak up on you in the "I see it and hear it, but don't realize how fast it's coming" way.

I used to commute regularly by train, and my home stop was a pretty open platform.  I could see the train coming from a good distance down the track, and it was always a little surprising how fast it would get to the platform in relation to seeing it and hearing its initial horn sounding.  The problem is that many people think they have more time than they do to get out of the way.  Well, the real problem is being on the tracks in the first place, but if you're stupid once, there's a good probability that you'll be stupid twice.
 
2014-03-24 12:52:06 PM
in other news, the  Sadie Hawkins Dance exists outside of the Andy Griffiths show!
 
2014-03-24 12:59:12 PM
Fark, I know! no "s"  I from N.J. sorry sh*t kickers.
 
2014-03-24 01:10:50 PM

Araltaln: Why don't they look, Ralph. Tell me, why don't they look?


Can you identify this bucket of your brother boyfriend?
 
2014-03-24 01:25:24 PM
We must make these evil train company's spend millions to keep your snowflakes safe. That would be easier than teaching them so stay the fark off the train tracks.
 
2014-03-24 02:38:58 PM

stuffy: We must make these evil train company's spend millions to keep your snowflakes safe. That would be easier than teaching them so stay the fark off the train tracks.


Only if they had some visual or audio signal that a train is coming.
 
2014-03-24 02:50:51 PM
The train company should sue the surviving idiot, who should be jailed anyway for causing a deadly accident.
 
2014-03-24 04:47:12 PM

traylor: The train company should sue the surviving idiot, who should be jailed anyway for causing a deadly accident.


Maybe the train crews should sue the survivors of (or the estates of those who die in) these accidents for emotional distress?  Because it's got to suck to be an involuntary instrument of death for these idiots...
 
2014-03-24 08:13:19 PM
I'm gonna go with:

She decided to live after all. Maybe he did too, but wasn't as quick. The "didn't notice...pushed me out of the way" story is very much preferable for everyone, so should be maintained.
 
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