Fatally unprepared

There are 4 comments on the Nashoba Publishing story from Dec 17, 2010, titled Fatally unprepared. In it, Nashoba Publishing reports that:

It's not uncommon that AFTER disaster strikes, we discover weakness. AFTER people died from drunken drivers, MADD and similar groups were formed and laws were strengthened to try to keep these people off the roads.

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Crank Blogger

Wellesley, MA

#1 Dec 18, 2010
Thank you Public Spirit for taking notice. MBTA workers were unable to help him? Unable or unwilling or untrained, unprepared, or incompetent is more like it. I am surprised only this paper has noticed how many issues demand answers. 40 minutes for 1st responders to arrive? How could this be? Lucky for the MBTA this happened out here as otherwise this would be on national cable news channels.

Livingston, NJ

#2 Dec 20, 2010
Crank Blogger wrote:
40 minutes for 1st responders to arrive? How could this be?
Probably because the train was stopped in a unlit location, not accessible by vehicles, requiring the first responders, laden with equipment, to trudge through the brush, following flashlights signalling the actual location. All this after cutting through locked chainlink fencing along boh sides of the tracks to keep trespassers out and away from harm.
These men and women are heroes, too, as they ultimately saved the man's life by getting him to the hospital... after trudging back through the brush carrying him on a stretcher. Their actions do not deserve to be questioned.
The MBTA, on the otherhand, should be taken to task for the conduct of its employees & its lack of appropriate suuplies.
Crank Blogger

Wellesley, MA

#3 Dec 20, 2010
Come on now, unlit doesn't cut it. We have artificial light now. Train workers work at all hours and can light up the area. Trudging through brush doesn't make sense. Believe it or not these trains run on tracks that are fairly straight and cross roads. We have trucks and ATVs (Ayer has one) to get to such areas. Besides, the tracks lead right to the train. The MBTA doesn't have radios or even cell phones (yes they are banned for personal use)? I'll bet MBTA knew the train was stopped and exactly where it was. So many people have GPS devices but the MBTA crew is lost?
john k marlboro

Leominster, MA

#4 Dec 21, 2010
How is Obama doing with that "Donít Ask Donít Tell"?

Or ending the Wars?
Or closing Gitmo?
Or keeping unemployment at 6% by spending 1 Trillion in stimulus?
If you want to know the truth, itís here.

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