Train-car collision fatal

Train-car collision fatal

There are 7 comments on the Lafayettejc.com story from May 26, 2006, titled Train-car collision fatal. In it, Lafayettejc.com reports that:

A person was killed in an crash between an automobile and a train in Montgomery County around 8:30 this morning.

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Shanna Faulkner

Indianapolis, IN

#1 May 29, 2006
I'm the parent of a child, Nate Faulkner, who lost his life to an Amtrak. He was 16 years old and was physically struck by an Amtrak in Linden, IN on September 27, 2003. The circumstances surrounding the accident have always been suspicious, and foul play was never ruled out. Suicide, drugs or alchol were not a factor in his death.

I would like to speak out about the allowed speeds of the Amtraks. As a driver, I am required to follow a posted speed limit of 30 mph when traveling through Linden, yet it's legal for the Amtrak's to travel at 79mph. There is no rationale in that. Had the train been traveling at a slower rate of speed, had the engineer sounded his horn appropriately, which is required by law, had he attempted to stop when supposedly he saw my son's body lying across the tracks and deemed it a manequin,(he never even sounded his horn when he claims to have spotted Nate) had he sounded his horn properly at the previous railroad crossing, would my son be alive today? He was negligent in so many aspects.

Amtrak is funded a great deal by the federal government so it's unlikely that any laws will change. But if there is someone out there who has the ability to go up against their organization, it needs to be done.

I'm tired of the senseless deaths that they cause.

Sincerely,
Nate's Mom Shanna
Anthony Southern

Newport, KY

#2 Aug 6, 2006
Shanna, Ive been wondering how you have been, I haven't heard anything about you guys for awhile and wanted to see how you were doing? Ive been doing pretty good, I recently joined the Marines and I leave in Oct. I hope everything is going good and I will be thinking about all of you in the next up coming months! I hope you get this, and you remember me, think about Wrestling 215lbs!!! Take Care and I hope to hear from you! Anthony Southern
Shanna Faulkner wrote:
I'm the parent of a child, Nate Faulkner, who lost his life to an Amtrak. He was 16 years old and was physically struck by an Amtrak in Linden, IN on September 27, 2003. The circumstances surrounding the accident have always been suspicious, and foul play was never ruled out. Suicide, drugs or alchol were not a factor in his death.
I would like to speak out about the allowed speeds of the Amtraks. As a driver, I am required to follow a posted speed limit of 30 mph when traveling through Linden, yet it's legal for the Amtrak's to travel at 79mph. There is no rationale in that. Had the train been traveling at a slower rate of speed, had the engineer sounded his horn appropriately, which is required by law, had he attempted to stop when supposedly he saw my son's body lying across the tracks and deemed it a manequin,(he never even sounded his horn when he claims to have spotted Nate) had he sounded his horn properly at the previous railroad crossing, would my son be alive today? He was negligent in so many aspects.
Amtrak is funded a great deal by the federal government so it's unlikely that any laws will change. But if there is someone out there who has the ability to go up against their organization, it needs to be done.
I'm tired of the senseless deaths that they cause.
Sincerely,
Nate's Mom Shanna
Anthony Southern

Newport, KY

#3 Aug 6, 2006
My email is [email protected]
Shanna Faulkner wrote:
I'm the parent of a child, Nate Faulkner, who lost his life to an Amtrak. He was 16 years old and was physically struck by an Amtrak in Linden, IN on September 27, 2003. The circumstances surrounding the accident have always been suspicious, and foul play was never ruled out. Suicide, drugs or alchol were not a factor in his death.
I would like to speak out about the allowed speeds of the Amtraks. As a driver, I am required to follow a posted speed limit of 30 mph when traveling through Linden, yet it's legal for the Amtrak's to travel at 79mph. There is no rationale in that. Had the train been traveling at a slower rate of speed, had the engineer sounded his horn appropriately, which is required by law, had he attempted to stop when supposedly he saw my son's body lying across the tracks and deemed it a manequin,(he never even sounded his horn when he claims to have spotted Nate) had he sounded his horn properly at the previous railroad crossing, would my son be alive today? He was negligent in so many aspects.
Amtrak is funded a great deal by the federal government so it's unlikely that any laws will change. But if there is someone out there who has the ability to go up against their organization, it needs to be done.
I'm tired of the senseless deaths that they cause.
Sincerely,
Nate's Mom Shanna
john

Warren, MI

#4 Jan 23, 2010
Let's see your kid was laying on the tracks and it's the engineer that's at fault I think not! It's a damn shame your son was killed but hey lady it was a train! even if he was doing 25 it would take 1/4 mile to stop the thing. Lets put the blame where it belongs.Don't even try to get rich over such a tragic thing thank god you had the time you had Lot's of people don't even get that.

“The Itsy Bitsy BWS”

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#5 Jan 31, 2011
john wrote:
Let's see your kid was laying on the tracks and it's the engineer that's at fault I think not! It's a damn shame your son was killed but hey lady it was a train! even if he was doing 25 it would take 1/4 mile to stop the thing. Lets put the blame where it belongs.Don't even try to get rich over such a tragic thing thank god you had the time you had Lot's of people don't even get that.
I didn't try to get rich over it, but I don't like the laws that are in place, where speeds are concerned. If my son was lying on the tracks, it was not by choice, and had the train been going 25 -30 mph, it could have stopped from where they claim he was first spotted. But you know .. I doubt the engineer ever saw him. The mannequin theory is overused where pedestrian/train fatalities are concerned. You're right .. I do value the 16 years that I had with him, but there's no reason for you to be so brash about it.
anonymous

Bartlett, IL

#6 Aug 7, 2011
John for MI. you're an a-hole for even commenting on this, and putting the blame on an innocent boy. you didn't even know him!
ben

South Dennis, MA

#7 Sep 27, 2011
John your a prick. nate was a good friend and person don't put your two cents in unless it concerns you

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