Chesterfield Fatal Train Crash Victim Might Have Missed Warning - wtvr

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An Amtrak train heading north was traveling close to 80 miles an hour and blaring it's horn when police say it collided with a man walking along the tracks. Full Story
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Ron

Colonial Heights, VA

#2 Sep 4, 2010
This is a sad accident But should be a a learning tool for the public !I work for the railroad and people are stupid running over crossing that are activated walking on tracks ? My heart goes out to that Amtrac operator she has to live it for the rest of her life . Sad for him but he knew the risk !Please stay off the tracks We have to live with killing a person after we hit you and we had no control over it!
Abby

Clermont, FL

#3 Sep 4, 2010
First of all, I'd recommend NEVER to walk on railroad tracks. Secondly, walking with headphones on is just asking for trouble. People need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. You can't possibly know what's going on around you when you are listening to your favorite tunes or book. Not wise my friends - this can make you an easy target.
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#4 Sep 5, 2010
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Elroy

Colonial Heights, VA

#5 Sep 5, 2010
I think its fairly obvious he missed the warning.
Joe

Richmond, VA

#6 Sep 5, 2010
To begin with it is against the law to be on or near the railroad tracks. This is called trespassing on railroad property.

If you do walk near the tracks, you should have sense enough to not be wearing heatsets listening to music.
horseman

Fayetteville, NC

#7 Sep 5, 2010
To begin, I was raised near train tracks and you can feel the earth shaking a long time before the train get to you. also he must have been out of it because head sets could not keep you from hearing that much noise. Sorry for his family and also for the train crew
Lou

Richmond, VA

#8 Sep 5, 2010
Keeping my fingers crossed that it was "not a teahead".
lynne153

Midlothian, VA

#9 Sep 5, 2010
has anyone considered the possibility this person was wearing head phones and walking on the tracks on purpose? i am NOT saying they were. i am simply asking if this "theory" has been considered.

Since: Feb 10

Richmond, VA

#10 Sep 5, 2010
lynne153 wrote:
has anyone considered the possibility this person was wearing head phones and walking on the tracks on purpose? i am NOT saying they were. i am simply asking if this "theory" has been considered.
If you had READ the article, you would have seen where it was mentioned.

"There's some indication that there may have been some headphones, may not have heard the warnings being given by the train," said Botset.

"But even before the warning signs, invetigators say the victim igrnored a law by just being on the tracks."

"It's against the law to walk on the railroad tracks so we'd caution people against doing that to begin with," said Botset.

It is also hard to believe he didn't feel the train roaring at him at almost 80 mph.
Abby

Clermont, FL

#11 Sep 5, 2010
lynne153 wrote:
has anyone considered the possibility this person was wearing head phones and walking on the tracks on purpose? i am NOT saying they were. i am simply asking if this "theory" has been considered.
Yes, I wondered the same thing.
Tracy

Richmond, VA

#12 Sep 6, 2010
I live about 1/3 mile from a crossing where A,trak trains come through regularly. I can hear the horns loud and clear through the windows of my house. If you're outside, you have to raise your voice to speak to someone next to you over the horns. No way someone wouldn't hear that. I could have my headphones turned up full blast, to the point where it hurt, and I'd still hear it if I was on the tracks.

Not to mention the rumbling tracks.
Elroy

Petersburg, VA

#13 Sep 6, 2010
Tracy wrote:
I live about 1/3 mile from a crossing where A,trak trains come through regularly. I can hear the horns loud and clear through the windows of my house. If you're outside, you have to raise your voice to speak to someone next to you over the horns. No way someone wouldn't hear that. I could have my headphones turned up full blast, to the point where it hurt, and I'd still hear it if I was on the tracks.
Not to mention the rumbling tracks.
at the least feel the vibration.
A freind

Richmond, VA

#14 Sep 6, 2010
Aubrey was a Veteran of the Iraq War. He was in some of the worst of the conflict there in Mosul. While there he went home on emergency leave to be with his Mother, who was dying from cancer. She died while he was waiting for the final leg of his journey back to the States. After her funeral, Aubrey went back and finished his tour and was discharged.

He struggled hard to handle the affects of the war and, I am sure, his mothers death. He was a good friend to many, a loving and compassionate man, a great "son," and in my mind a hero!

Rest in peace, Aubrey. You will be sorely missed. We all love you. You are now in God's hands with your Mom. May your contribution and sacrifice to our nation not be ignored or forgotten!

On a final note, I didn't appreciate some of the comments I found here. I am sure his family would appreciate them even less. Though there is truth to many points, judgement should always be with held until all facts are known. Then that job belongs to God, not us!
Angie

Richmond, VA

#15 Sep 6, 2010
Hats off to the friend!! All people now a days want to do is pass judgement on one another. They dont wait for facts, they seem to think they know it all. The troubles of this boys life may have caused him to take his own life, which is so very sad! Instead people want to criticize, hopefully this never happens to their family, and they don't have to feel these harsh words against them. PEOPLE STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!
tom201

Midlothian, VA

#16 Sep 6, 2010
Sorry for the loss. He was a good man...
Democrat

Richmond, VA

#17 Sep 6, 2010
va_tazdad wrote:
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If you had READ the article, you would have seen where it was mentioned.
"There's some indication that there may have been some headphones, may not have heard the warnings being given by the train," said Botset.
"But even before the warning signs, invetigators say the victim igrnored a law by just being on the tracks."
"It's against the law to walk on the railroad tracks so we'd caution people against doing that to begin with," said Botset
It is also hard to believe he didn't feel the train roaring at him at
almost 80 mp
Could this just be a simple case of suicide by train? Huh mr know it all?

Since: Feb 10

Richmond, VA

#18 Sep 7, 2010
Democrat wrote:
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Could this just be a simple case of suicide by train? Huh mr know it all?
It is possible but I doubt it. It is a senseless tragedy.

A more logical explanation is a troubled mind distracted by PTSD that found walking the tracks calming and didnít notice the train.(Amtrak trains donít make the same noise or physical sensations as a freight train.)

My sympathies go to the family.
Sherry

Richmond, VA

#19 Sep 7, 2010
Good point about Amtrak trains don't make the same noise as freight trains. Also well said to "friend" who wrote about Aubrey.
Sympathy people! Sympathy! I'm not saying it was suicide either but even if it was you should feel sorry for the family either way! BTW-- He fought for your FREEDOM!
For one second put your place in the families shoes--
fatal train crash

Midlothian, VA

#20 Sep 7, 2010
I think all you common people to keep their mouths zipped!@!!!!! This is my nephew so be respectful for us in this time. Also when did yall become GOD that can judge us.
Engineer

Richmond, VA

#21 Sep 7, 2010
My sympathies goes to the engineer and to the family. I'm also a engineer and I've also hit someone. Knowing there's nothing we can do to get the train stopped. We still feel guilty and have to live with it everyday. More so then people think.

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