Train hits car killing 19-year-old who was driving

Oct 17, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WHAS11

A 19-year-old girl was killed when her car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing this weekend.

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Truth Is

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Just one quick question, if the sun is a factor there, how exactly can someone see the crossing arms?? I mean if a train can not be seen due to the sun, I am very concerned that crossing arms, considering they are so much smaller than a train, would also be hard to see.
Also, have you contacted the department of trasportaion? It is my understanding that they are responsible for placing crossing arms, but I'm sure you were aware of that given your 3 generations of railroad workers.
Then you also mentioned the engineer and conductor missed the rest of the show, are you referring to your daughters death as a "show"? Just wondering.
Also, if I am not mistaken, the conductor of the train usually has to get off the train when something of this nature happens. I am not 100% sure about that but have heard that before.
Well it is against the law to be on the tracks after the lights came on, unfortunately your daughter was on the tracks at that time. That's how I know she was on them illegally.
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Truth Is wrote:
Just one quick question, if the sun is a factor there, how exactly can someone see the crossing arms?? I mean if a train can not be seen due to the sun, I am very concerned that crossing arms, considering they are so much smaller than a train, would also be hard to see.
Also, have you contacted the department of trasportaion? It is my understanding that they are responsible for placing crossing arms, but I'm sure you were aware of that given your 3 generations of railroad workers.
Then you also mentioned the engineer and conductor missed the rest of the show, are you referring to your daughters death as a "show"? Just wondering.
Also, if I am not mistaken, the conductor of the train usually has to get off the train when something of this nature happens. I am not 100% sure about that but have heard that before.
Well it is against the law to be on the tracks after the lights came on, unfortunately your daughter was on the tracks at that time. That's how I know she was on them illegally.
It's a fact that the lights were not working properly that day and several before. It was reported by several drivers. You're just being hateful for no reason.
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peaches wrote:
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It's a fact that the lights were not working properly that day and several before. It was reported by several drivers. You're just being hateful for no reason.
I'm sorry that you interpret my post as rude, see that's the problem with writing or typing, people can only interpret the way they read, not by how it was intended to be. I would think if the lights had not been working poperly that would be a big news story. You are the first person to actually say they had not been working and had not been for days. Do you expect me to believe that it was reported and the railroad did nothing about it, sorry not going to believe that. I for one know, they will shut down that area and get a track crew out there ASAP before they let someone die out there. Sorry your ramblings are not plausible.
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Nov 22, 2011
 
I know the family wrote:
I know the family and I heard that she was VERY VERY bad about trying to beat trains!!!!! And besides the only reason her parents were on the news was to try and get a LAWSUIT. Yeah thats right I said it that is ALL that whole family has lived off of for the past 20 years!!!!! So all of you who feel sooooooo sorry for the family, if you really know them I wouldn't let them on my property or in my vehicle cuz otherwise if anything were to happen you will be the next one to set them back for a few years!!!!!
Actually it is quite obvious that you don't know MY FAMILY. My WHOLE family includes five, two which are no longer with us. Those that remain Do Not rely as you have said..Wow really...if you know me so well, my two dead children or the one I still blessed to have..and my husband; then why would you use such malicious words against our family. For if you truly KNEW us..you wouldn't say such a thing.
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Nov 22, 2011
 
Truth Is wrote:
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I'm sorry that you interpret my post as rude, see that's the problem with writing or typing, people can only interpret the way they read, not by how it was intended to be. I would think if the lights had not been working poperly that would be a big news story. You are the first person to actually say they had not been working and had not been for days. Do you expect me to believe that it was reported and the railroad did nothing about it, sorry not going to believe that. I for one know, they will shut down that area and get a track crew out there ASAP before they let someone die out there. Sorry your ramblings are not plausible.
Not rude again not properly informed....not ramblings...for they did just as YOU stated...They cleaned up their "site" after she was dead...thus My Desire for safety of our community.... It still needs the crossing arms to be completely safe around a school district. and in other areas around the state of Kentucky. Go on with your ramblings...you only make my stance stronger. Prayers
a christian

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Nov 22, 2011
 
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<quoted text>Oh Woah unto you....Judge not lest ye also be judged and with mete measure....since you think you know so much about my daughter...SHE WAS RAISED IN A CHRISTIAN HOME. She was taught the Dangers of life at a very young age...given my husband is a disabled war vet....And given we come from 3 generations of "railroad" workers...I don't think she had in her pretty little head that she was going to try to "beat" a 300-350 TON TRAIN!!! Yes it would be great if we could blame Sophia for "wrong" decisions.."a young inexperienced...taking chances kind of girl"...but that was NOT SOPHIA.. How dare you take on airs and think you could possibly make comments based on FACTS THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW.... Yes Children should use this as a lesson....You can not beat such a machine..a locomotive.
But this is the better lesson...the true lesson to be learned from Sophia's experience...Children don't always trust the lights and horns and whistles on a railroad crossing..they may not be working..if vegitation blocks your view of the tracks then by all means STOP BEFORE YOU CROSS... YOU could be hit by a train. I will be praying for you and your family and fighting for the safety of your children...It is time to take a stand...for safety...If the "sun" was the only factor...It will always be a factor at that crossing....It needs a set of crossing arms.
..if you got the jest of the point...then a true christian would not waste the time to act as above! we are all human and hate to see a young one go early...God bless you and may you be meek and humbled to use this to God's glory! A lesson to warn others of careless decisions and not necessarily try to defend them that would be an injustice! think very hard about your last comment and then about all those who travel that way everyday! I will pray for your broken heart. Truly!
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Nov 22, 2011
 
by the way warning kids of dangers of this old world and reminding them has nothing to do with being raised in a christian home! It is what ANY parent should be doing! Being raised in a christian home is the extra bonus and blessing however!
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Nov 22, 2011
 
Truth Is wrote:
Just one quick question, if the sun is a factor there, how exactly can someone see the crossing arms?? I mean if a train can not be seen due to the sun, I am very concerned that crossing arms, considering they are so much smaller than a train, would also be hard to see.
Also, have you contacted the department of trasportaion? It is my understanding that they are responsible for placing crossing arms, but I'm sure you were aware of that given your 3 generations of railroad workers.
Then you also mentioned the engineer and conductor missed the rest of the show, are you referring to your daughters death as a "show"? Just wondering.
Also, if I am not mistaken, the conductor of the train usually has to get off the train when something of this nature happens. I am not 100% sure about that but have heard that before.
Well it is against the law to be on the tracks after the lights came on, unfortunately your daughter was on the tracks at that time. That's how I know she was on them illegally.
Mr Truth....if you Only knew the truth but you just like everyone else on here have Your opinion and we all know what they say about opinions.....the fact is....you have no knowledge of the family only what you are reading and let me tell you because I DO know the family...you are way off base.....on everything....you come on here and write stuff you know nothing about....NOTHING!!!!! this innocent child lost her life Because the railroad didnt have their stuff working properly...how is that the families or the girls fault? You come on here with all of your little smart remarks and you dont have all the facts...get the facts straight before you judge anyone...i dont wish anything bad on anyone and i sure hope you or noone else has to go through what this family has.....But know what you are talking about before you say retarded stuff....IF the crossing arms had been there then this wouldnt have happened....If the lights had been working properly....this wouldnt have happened....If the vegetation had been cleared out she might have seen the train....Know all the facts....
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Nov 22, 2011
 
The railroad crossing Had been reported as not working properly on numerous occasions....and If the railroad hadnt been at fault explain why after that child passed they have changed and made things all anew? again if you do not know all the facts you shouldnt reply here....just saying
The Facts

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Nov 22, 2011
 
To Sophia's parents I thank you and stand behind you in your pursuit 100% and I also knew Sophia and she I have a hard time seeing her purposely driving in front of a train and as far as I can tell you are only asking for crossing guards, not money. I hope that you will not give on this cause, I also hope that your message is spread beyond Mercer. Thank You.
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Nov 22, 2011
 
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Well if my child died the last thing on my mind would be to go to a lawyer!!!!!!!!!!
Ya know, that is part of the problem with the world today! People only care about themselves! My family has lost a lot of the younger generation. And until anyone has lost a child, they have NO opinion or idea of what they would or wouldnt do in this type of situation. I've grown up around Harrodsburg, and those lights didn't work when I was a teenager. And YES, we want to ensure that there is not another person, young or old, that has to lose someone, from a senseless tragedy, as this. I only pray that none of you have to endure losing a child or even a young member of your family.
I'm sorry that people cant see what is really going on, or those of you who believe you know what your talking about when you don't have a clue! I'll pray for you! ;)
And btw, stop hiding behind a name and have some balls (with your accusations) and let it be known who you are.
People deal with situations differently, and the decision that was made was to help others, too bad that the majority of the people in Harrodsburg are apparently so selfish that they can't see past their own crap!
Truth Is

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Rhonda wrote:
<quoted text>Mr Truth....if you Only knew the truth but you just like everyone else on here have Your opinion and we all know what they say about opinions.....the fact is....you have no knowledge of the family only what you are reading and let me tell you because I DO know the family...you are way off base.....on everything....you come on here and write stuff you know nothing about....NOTHING!!!!! this innocent child
lost her life Because the railroad didnt have their stuff working properly...how is that the families or the girls fault? You come on here with all of your little smart remarks and you dont have all the facts...get the facts straight before you judge anyone...i dont wish anything bad on anyone and i sure hope you or noone else has to go through what this family has.....But know what you are talking about before you say retarded stuff....IF
the crossing arms had been there then this wouldnt have happened....If the lights had been working properly....this wouldnt have happened....If the vegetation had been cleared out she might have seen the train....Know all the facts....
Good grief woman, I have not said anything negative about this family. Before you write please be informed or at least read all posts. Geez u talk about me not being fully informed, before u post please fully inform urself.
Why are u so confident that the crossing arms would work properly? If everything else the railroad does is not right. Why would u ever think that if they installed crossing arms that they would work. Do yourself a favor and read, then Re-read, and re-read again and maybe u will know who to respond too. GEEZ!

And yes I have lost family members and tragically at that. Yes I do have an opinion and u have one to. The beauty of this world is freedom. I am free to think what I want just a you are. If the lights had not been working properly I would most defiantly be EXTRA precautionary and I do mean EXTRA. Do you really think the railroad wa close enough to get there and clean up their mess before the local cops could get there. DUH. NO!! The closest railroa yard is Danville and assuming a railroad official was there it would take them 20-25 minutes to get there. Not likely that the beat local law enforcement. Most likely no officials were in Danville at the time either since they have moved services to Burnside, so I do know more facts than you actually perform me to know. You just keep throwing stupid stuff out there hoping to cover what some people do know.

I have said previously that I am sincerely sorry for the families loss. It is very sad and tragic. My opinion is based on the railroad crossing and that is it. I am not downgrading or putting down the young girl.
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Nov 22, 2011
 
and as i said on a previous post made on this topix site all the family is trying to do is make a change so noone else gets hurt or has too die
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If crossing arms don't improve safety at dangerous crossings, then why were they invented, and why are they used at other dangerous crossings? The answer is because they are an effective safety device. Cost and priority often determime which crossings get safety devices. Unfortunately, it takes a very serious accident to draw enough attention to a rural crossing to raise it on the priority list.

Also, the railroad is responsible for the warning lights and bells, the state transportation dept is responsible for the crossing devices, ie., crossing arms, overpasses, on state roads. The county roads department has that responsibility for county roads, unless there is an agreement with the state to maintain them.
Truth Is

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peaches wrote:
Also, the railroad is responsible for the warning lights and bells, the state transportation dept is responsible for the crossing devices, ie., crossing arms, overpasses, on state roads. The county roads department has that responsibility for county roads, unless there is an agreement with the state to maintain them.
Are you reading the posts at all? This has already been said many times. Crossing arms are bit going to keep a car off the track either. The car weighs a whole lot more than the arms and if the sun makes it so hard to see at that crossing my belief is that If you can't see a train, how in the world will someone see the arms? Thus, they can still run right on to the tracks.

What the crossing arms may do; is keep those who try beat trains from continuing to do so, thus keeping another person from perishing. However, my point to this entire topic has been to teach children and adults NOT to do things illegal, crossing the tracks after the lights come on is illegal. Do not blame or push for crossing arms because we as adults can not be responsible. As I have said before NO ONE knows what really cause this accident, whether it be the sun or trying to beat the train and so on.

I know her mom would like to believe that her daughter did not try to beat the train and she may not have, NO ONE knows!! Unfortunately we are not always 100% aware of what our children think and do. We like to believ our children are innocent and would never do anything wrong. I'm sure there are many parents out there who have been shocked by the some things their kids have done.
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While sad, it's a needless accident caused by her own bad judgements and poor driving decisions. As someone pointed out--for some reason she did not HEAR the very loud train horn that can be heard at great distances. That should tell anyone with an I.Q. above a hamster that she was either talking on the cell, texting, music up to loud, sleepy or just simply didn't care about the train coming and yet not one story, friend or family member is even mentioning that obvious fact. This is sad, but could have been avoided if she had only given the crossing it's due respect. If the sun was in her eyes, then she should have slowed down. She did not, that is a fact. The crossing there is elevated, so her not seeing it while rounding the curve is a mute point and the fact that she is from that area and has probably traveled that road before and already knew about the crossing cancels the logic in the argument that she knew nothing about the crossing being there. She is not here due to her own disregard while driving. Gates would probably not have helped her as much as a change in attitude while driving. Sadly...people do not wish to address personal responsibility for their own safety. What if she had hit someone walking and killed them? I mean if she couldn't (supposedly) see because of the sun, then what would the family be advocating? Friends and family really need to be real and address the real problem here. It's not gates or other safety devices.
You are VERY disrespectful! I, being one of her family members, can certaintly understand how she may not have heard the train. One time when me and my sister were leaving school we crossed tracks in this same town. The lights were not working and we (and people we later questioned that were behind us in their vehicles) did not recall hearing the train's horn. DO NOT insult her intelligence! She was a very bright girl. Accept that accidents happen. And yes I do believe cross gates could have potentially saved her life. We will never know but it sure wouldnt hurt to have them installed. We will never know the "whys" but it is not your place to isult her intelligence and disrespect the family. It is hard enough for her friends and family to deal with the untimely loss. Have some respect.
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Mar 9, 2012
 
I must say, My dearest condolences to the family of this person. Its a terrible tragedy to say the least of what happened here. I do pray that the Good Lord brings comfort, shelter, and relief to all of you.
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(Sorry, didn't know I posted twice)
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Not stupid wrote:
While sad, it's a needless accident caused by her own bad judgements and poor driving decisions. As someone pointed out--for some reason she did not HEAR the very loud train horn that can be heard at great distances. That should tell anyone with an I.Q. above a hamster that she was either talking on the cell, texting, music up to loud, sleepy or just simply didn't care about the train coming and yet not one story, friend or family member is even mentioning that obvious fact. This is sad, but could have been avoided if she had only given the crossing it's due respect. If the sun was in her eyes, then she should have slowed down. She did not, that is a fact. The crossing there is elevated, so her not seeing it while rounding the curve is a mute point and the fact that she is from that area and has probably traveled that road before and already knew about the crossing cancels the logic in the argument that she knew nothing about the crossing being there. She is not here due to her own disregard while driving. Gates would probably not have helped her as much as a change in attitude while driving. Sadly...people do not wish to address personal responsibility for their own safety. What if she had hit someone walking and killed them? I mean if she couldn't (supposedly) see because of the sun, then what would the family be advocating? Friends and family really need to be real and address the real problem here. It's not gates or other safety devices.
Really? You're a fucking prick. Who cares. A young girl died and you're pointing out her carelessness? You're an asshole. Even if she was paying attention, whose 2 say her car didn't stall or her tire blew? I mean you should be ashamed of yourself. I think we all know what she could have done 2 avoid the train, but the fact of the matter is, she didn't do them and it resulted in loosing her life. You don't point at what "could have happened" you share condolences 2 the family. When someone robs your house and kills your son, do you say well, he could have done this or he should have not do that. Gees. U're a freaking loser that needs 2 appreciate life a little more instead of focusing on what could have happened. Don't you ever point out flaws in such horrible situations. Everyone knows and we don't need a jackass reminding us. You need 2 apologize 2 her family. I've lost a family member at a young age, trust me, we know what "could have been done" and we remind ourselves of that everyday. No one needs an asshole like u 2 point it out and make family members feel even worse. Even though family members weren't there or involved, don't think they didn't blame theirselves or went over situations of what they "could have done" 2 prevent her death. It's ppl like u who this world needs less of. As a member of our community, you should be supportive, not distasteful. You should be ashamed of yourself. If you wanted 2 use this story as a learning lesson, you do it in a tasteful way, like accidents happen and sometimes we just can't avoid them; that's why everyone needs to do their part in ensuring safe driving practices, helping to prevent the preventable and minimizing the risk of the unpreventable. I hope this makes u feel like a jackass, because u are most definitely a jackass. Disgusted. I'm so sorry to the family who lost their loved one. No matter what the situation would have been, unfortunately, sometimes we can't control things, and when God is ready to take you, he does so. Please know, your daughter or sister or friend or loved one did nothing wrong, it was just her time time and God called her home. Never regret, never blame, the Lord's hand will always regin. Your family is in my prayers and your daughter/loved one will always be with you. May God bless you family and help you find peace in a time of sorrow.

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