Boy's quick thinking saves mom from train

There are 80 comments on the Newsday story from May 3, 2008, titled Boy's quick thinking saves mom from train. In it, Newsday reports that:

An East Rockaway sixth-grader was hailed as a hero by his mother Saturday after he jumped from their minivan and lifted a railroad crossing gate that had come down on the car's windshield, letting his mother ...

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Dopey

Norwalk, CT

#1 May 3, 2008
The wooden gates cannot stop a wet fart. If you're dumb enough to get stuck with a gate across your hood after clearing the first one you are dumber than a stump.
Real

Raymond, MN

#2 May 3, 2008
Is this mother stupid? Why wouldn't she just get out of the car and lift the gate? Why would she let her son do it? If that didn't work, why wouldn't you just get out of the car period??? Why do people make things so much harder than they need to be? Using common sense is not a crime.
stupid kids

Brooklyn, NY

#4 May 3, 2008
This mother sounds like a real winner. Hit the gas lady and the gate will give way.
The kid should heave kept the illegal on the tracks.
wtf

Coram, NY

#5 May 3, 2008
she should have just drove thru the gate
Okay

Bronx, NY

#6 May 3, 2008
Well, it looks like we all know from what side of the family the young man got his intelligence and quick thinking.
MCR

Astoria, NY

#8 May 3, 2008
Not only was this whwore reckless, but the whwore endangered her young son's life
Total 'Tard!
Al Jolson

Lindenhurst, NY

#9 May 4, 2008
Mammy!
City

Glen Cove, NY

#10 May 4, 2008
So the dumb schmucks were going to get killed because they wouldnt get out of their gas guzzling minivan. No wonder soccer moms are so stupid.
womanspirit

Deer Park, NY

#11 May 4, 2008
I live in East Rockaway. Thank God this child had the presence of mind to do something . Unfortuantly his mom did NOT use ocmmon sense and niether did the truck driver. Asthe MTA person said - they should NOT have entered the area of the tracks if the way was not clear on the other side. I see people do this all the time - I am a professional driver and am on the road all the time - it amazes me how little common sense a lot of people have when it comes to this. NEVER EVER attempt to cross the tracks if your way is blocked by another car - you MUST be able to get off the tracks ASAP for exactly the reason this woman got stuck there.
Former LIer

Durham, NC

#12 May 4, 2008
Just wondering if this boys quick thinking was due to the fact that he is the product of a single mom who has no help from the father who may be a dead beat dad and absent from his life. This little man may feel that he is the protector of his mother who doesn't seem very bright. God Bless his courage.
womanspirit

Deer Park, NY

#13 May 4, 2008
She may need to learn common sense but YOU need to learn to have common decency. Try cleaning up YOUR act.
womanspirit

Deer Park, NY

#14 May 4, 2008
Shows how much YOU DON'T know. Most minivans are actually quite fuel efficient. So try this - shut the EF up unless you know what you are talking about. If you were commenting on her lack of common sense that would be one thing but mouthing off and being an idiot about it is another.
womanspirit

Deer Park, NY

#15 May 4, 2008
AMAZING the twists people can put on a story isn't it- is he the product of a dead beat dad and that is why he did what he did to prove himself ???? PLEASE ...people...get a grip on yourselves. Try writing fiction if you are so compelled to come up with these things.
womanspirit

Deer Park, NY

#16 May 4, 2008
Oh sorry - not to prove himself but to protect his mom - because she has no man but for her little guy. Please - people need to lighten up here or get lives OR as I said , start writing some ficiton.
Pasta Costa

Brooklyn, NY

#17 May 4, 2008
Where's your Daddy?
Who Cares

Croton On Hudson, NY

#18 May 4, 2008
womanspirit wrote:
I live in East Rockaway. Thank God this child had the presence of mind to do something . Unfortuantly his mom did NOT use ocmmon sense and niether did the truck driver. Asthe MTA person said - they should NOT have entered the area of the tracks if the way was not clear on the other side. I see people do this all the time - I am a professional driver and am on the road all the time - it amazes me how little common sense a lot of people have when it comes to this. NEVER EVER attempt to cross the tracks if your way is blocked by another car - you MUST be able to get off the tracks ASAP for exactly the reason this woman got stuck there.
I agree with that you said. This woman is dumber than bricks! Who ever heard of pulling onto railroad traks if there is not enough room ahead to completely clear the tracks? If that wasn't bad enough she pulls into oncoming traffic. Can someone at the DMV please REVOKE her license immediately. Let the kid drive her around instead.
Former LIer

Durham, NC

#19 May 4, 2008
womanspirit wrote:
Oh sorry - not to prove himself but to protect his mom - because she has no man but for her little guy. Please - people need to lighten up here or get lives OR as I said , start writing some ficiton.
You should change your name to meanspiritdumbass. I did not say she had NO man in life, HE may have no man in his life. I am involved with many children who have no father figure. They grow up way too fast, and feel like they are the head of the household.
Fotoguy

Syosset, NY

#20 May 4, 2008
Real wrote:
Is this mother stupid? Why wouldn't she just get out of the car and lift the gate? Why would she let her son do it? If that didn't work, why wouldn't you just get out of the car period??? Why do people make things so much harder than they need to be? Using common sense is not a crime.
You're exactly right
JUSTINE

Brooklyn, NY

#21 May 4, 2008
Why not sue the guy for scratching a LIRR car?
You people are pathetic. All these years, you still can't get it right...you should be giving all of us REBATES.
Mary

East Hampton, NY

#22 May 4, 2008
This woman should loose her drivers license for being so stupid as to drive over the tracks without the brains to know she couldn't make it. It's stupid people like that on the road that ultimately have accidents that kill innocent people.

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