Train deaths haunt railroad workers

Train deaths haunt railroad workers

There are 26 comments on the Morris Daily Herald story from Jun 25, 2012, titled Train deaths haunt railroad workers. In it, Morris Daily Herald reports that:

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers stands on the tracks Tuesday afternoon, June 5, 2012, near the spot where a girl's body was found after an early morning fatal car-train wreck in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

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aur56

Monett, MO

#1 Jun 25, 2012
When are people going to stop going through those crossing gates?? when the bells ring, gates come down, you do not cross. it's a very simple concept that anyone can understand. Trains can't stop, going to fast, pulling too much weight to stop.I feel very bad for this girls family, a senseless death.This happens every year to many people, you'd think it would stop people from crossing againest the gates.
Ummm

Thurmont, MD

#2 Jun 26, 2012
Not all railroad crossings have gates. The one where the girls were playing a game didn't. Plenty of tracks don't have gates, don't blame it on that.
shortcut

Malvern, AR

#3 Jun 26, 2012
Ummm wrote:
Not all railroad crossings have gates. The one where the girls were playing a game didn't. Plenty of tracks don't have gates, don't blame it on that.
True, but all crossings are marked. How many people do you know have been on railroad tracks without knowing it? These kids played a very dangerous game and lost.
I guess it's a kid's job to do stupid crap and it's the parent's job to stop them. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don't. Sometimes it results in a skinned knee and sometimes it has the worst of all possible outcomes.
My condolences to the families.
aur56

Monett, MO

#4 Jun 26, 2012
Didn't know the crossing didn't have a gate, still doesn't excuse the fact that they tried to beat a train through the crossing. Stop, Look and Listen... that's the saying in regards to crossings.So sad when this happens, so preventable too.
SuZ

United States

#5 Jun 26, 2012
One thing Ive noticed in my area .... its rush time .. heading to the store ... hit a train ... on the way back from the store ... hit another train, same track.
Shouldnt there be a limit on box-cars ?.. some of these trains take forever ....
Doesnt excuse the behavior or actions but I can almost see why someone would want to jump the gun and get across. Esp. with the temps we've been having.
aur56

Monett, MO

#6 Jun 27, 2012
THey've been trying to beat trains in all weather. Those trains are usually about a mile long,more or less.Trains have a schedule to keep, there is no getting around that, because of workers on tracks,signalmen, trains have to not run for certain periods of the day in order for track safety to keep on top of safety issues.When they do have trains running, sometimes it seems frequent and is. Take your time out there, you can't survive being hit by a train. It takes a train about a mile to come to a stop..
Go Away

Poplar Bluff, MO

#7 Jun 27, 2012
aur56 wrote:
THey've been trying to beat trains in all weather. Those trains are usually about a mile long,more or less.Trains have a schedule to keep, there is no getting around that, because of workers on tracks,signalmen, trains have to not run for certain periods of the day in order for track safety to keep on top of safety issues.When they do have trains running, sometimes it seems frequent and is. Take your time out there, you can't survive being hit by a train. It takes a train about a mile to come to a stop..
Thank you Dr. Phil. Now stfu.
aur56

Monett, MO

#8 Jun 27, 2012
Go Away wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you Dr. Phil. Now stfu.
I know about railroad, we are a railroad family. Basic common sense unlike your approach, STFU ,back at ya.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#9 Jun 27, 2012
Ok First of all, Almost everybody that stopped on those tracks thought they were shut down a long time ago, that is why people stop on it all the time. Those innocent girls were playing a game that thousands of other people have played, people have came from far away to play it also. Nobody knew that when they turned off there car on the tracks that the electric current in the Amtrak tracks would make there car stall, It is suppose to be haunted since a passenger train derailed there in the early 1900s. It is so stupid to think that they tried to hurry up and get passed the train, if you dont have your facts even close to strait then you have nothing to say... STFU Cuz u dnt know wat happened and how devastating it was to this area, I did not know the girls or the family but i can only Imagine what there going through and ppl like yall are not helping any.
Willie

Poplar Bluff, MO

#10 Jun 27, 2012
Hannahxr7 wrote:
Ok First of all, Almost everybody that stopped on those tracks thought they were shut down a long time ago, that is why people stop on it all the time. Those innocent girls were playing a game that thousands of other people have played, people have came from far away to play it also. Nobody knew that when they turned off there car on the tracks that the electric current in the Amtrak tracks would make there car stall, It is suppose to be haunted since a passenger train derailed there in the early 1900s. It is so stupid to think that they tried to hurry up and get passed the train, if you dont have your facts even close to strait then you have nothing to say... STFU Cuz u dnt know wat happened and how devastating it was to this area, I did not know the girls or the family but i can only Imagine what there going through and ppl like yall are not helping any.
You must not have facts straight either because there is no electric current going through the tracks that would cause a car to stall.
Go Away

Poplar Bluff, MO

#11 Jun 27, 2012
Hannahxr7 wrote:
Ok First of all, Almost everybody that stopped on those tracks thought they were shut down a long time ago, that is why people stop on it all the time. Those innocent girls were playing a game that thousands of other people have played, people have came from far away to play it also. Nobody knew that when they turned off there car on the tracks that the electric current in the Amtrak tracks would make there car stall, It is suppose to be haunted since a passenger train derailed there in the early 1900s. It is so stupid to think that they tried to hurry up and get passed the train, if you dont have your facts even close to strait then you have nothing to say... STFU Cuz u dnt know wat happened and how devastating it was to this area, I did not know the girls or the family but i can only Imagine what there going through and ppl like yall are not helping any.
and i bet you can say Duhhdoooommmddduuhhh !! real good.
SuZ

United States

#12 Jun 27, 2012
What I have seen first hand ... this was in the past ... so as for today.... I dont know that the same holds true... if the train conductor saw children on the track ... from that point on each train coming through would literally stop at that exact location for a period of time, even if there were no children playing or not. They seem to take it real serious.
Joe Jack

United States

#13 Jul 2, 2012
Its sad but when its your time its your time. these girls could have easily had a stroke or some other sudden medical condition. Lets just let them rest and quit rehashing it up. I pray for the families.
sarcasm

United States

#14 Jul 2, 2012
poor Jim.

Since: Oct 10

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#15 Jul 2, 2012
Willie wrote:
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You must not have facts straight either because there is no electric current going through the tracks that would cause a car to stall.
apparently i do cuz go online and simply type in what do Amtrak trains run off of and this is the general answer you will get...
At one time, all of Amtrak's trains were powered by diesel fuel. However, in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment, many Amtrak trains have switched from diesel to electric power... how other way do they get the electric?? you cant store enough energy to go from Chicago to San Antonio and los angeles and 37 stops in between.... if you dont believe me, look it up, the train was called the Texas eagle... and i dont have my facts strait?? haha
Oh Really

Jackson, MO

#16 Jul 2, 2012
Hannahxr7 wrote:
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apparently i do cuz go online and simply type in what do Amtrak trains run off of and this is the general answer you will get...
At one time, all of Amtrak's trains were powered by diesel fuel. However, in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment, many Amtrak trains have switched from diesel to electric power... how other way do they get the electric?? you cant store enough energy to go from Chicago to San Antonio and los angeles and 37 stops in between.... if you dont believe me, look it up, the train was called the Texas eagle... and i dont have my facts strait?? haha
The tracks belong to Union Pacific and are not electrified. Amtrak like other railroads uses diesel-electric engines. The only electric current running through the tracks would be near the signals. When a train crosses a certain point it completes a circuit which is how crossing signals are triggered. There isn't a crossing signal there so obviously there is no electric current that would have caused a vehicle to stall. Not that it could anyway. Also railroads typically pull up abandoned tracks. I recommend getting your little @$$ off topix and actually go learn something because apparently ignorance is getting people killed.
aur56

Monett, MO

#17 Jul 2, 2012
NO crossing gates/lights,bells ,no power. Standard railroad crossing with just a sign. You should always stop at a track and look before crossing, common sense. Trains also, blow there horns/whistles when approaching a crossing,always.Warning anyone coming to stop.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#18 Jul 2, 2012
Oh Really wrote:
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The tracks belong to Union Pacific and are not electrified. Amtrak like other railroads uses diesel-electric engines. The only electric current running through the tracks would be near the signals. When a train crosses a certain point it completes a circuit which is how crossing signals are triggered. There isn't a crossing signal there so obviously there is no electric current that would have caused a vehicle to stall. Not that it could anyway. Also railroads typically pull up abandoned tracks. I recommend getting your little @$$ off topix and actually go learn something because apparently ignorance is getting people killed.
it wasn't ignorance... it was a game, every body plays dangerous games that they think are completely safe, i bet when you were a kid you played in the street... you could have gotten hit by a car and killed, or the car could have swerved and hit a tree and gotten killed. no it wasn't smart but everybody does stupid stuff, you have a speeding ticket?? obviously you were not paying attention or you were in a hurry and was putting your life and many other lives in danger... so don't say that ignorance is getting people killed cuz everybody does simple little things that end up killing people... call me ignorant all you want cuz it doesn't hurt me any, call me any name under the sun and it doesn't phase me, so your pretty much just wasting your time cuz im laughing
Oh Really

Jackson, MO

#19 Jul 2, 2012
Hannahxr7 wrote:
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it wasn't ignorance... it was a game, every body plays dangerous games that they think are completely safe, i bet when you were a kid you played in the street... you could have gotten hit by a car and killed, or the car could have swerved and hit a tree and gotten killed. no it wasn't smart but everybody does stupid stuff, you have a speeding ticket?? obviously you were not paying attention or you were in a hurry and was putting your life and many other lives in danger... so don't say that ignorance is getting people killed cuz everybody does simple little things that end up killing people... call me ignorant all you want cuz it doesn't hurt me any, call me any name under the sun and it doesn't phase me, so your pretty much just wasting your time cuz im laughing
It wasn't a game. It was sheer stupidity. I must not be everybody. I haven't had any speeding tickets nor did I ever play in a busy street. Never would I have ever thought of parking on railroad tracks. Anybody that dumb shouldn't have a license. The ignorance is not knowing that it is an active line. How you could possibly think it wasn't is beyond me.
aur56

Monett, MO

#20 Jul 3, 2012
Oh Really wrote:
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It wasn't a game. It was sheer stupidity. I must not be everybody. I haven't had any speeding tickets nor did I ever play in a busy street. Never would I have ever thought of parking on railroad tracks. Anybody that dumb shouldn't have a license. The ignorance is not knowing that it is an active line. How you could possibly think it wasn't is beyond me.
They were playing a "game" with a mile long missle. None to smart,IMO. You can see when a track is active or not by the amount of brush/grasses growing around it.

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