Friday, December 26, 2008

Man Stuck on the Tracks in Front of My Hubby's Train

Last week my husband's train encountered a car stuck on the tracks. It was along a stretch of tracks where they crawl along at restricted speed, and they had enough warning to stop on time. It was an elderly man who had gotten confused and had driven off of the passenger loading platform onto the tracks, thinking it was a road. My husband said it was especially understandable because it was the middle of the night during a blizzard. Then later than night, when they were on their return trip, they saw a woman with an INFANT crossing the tracks in the same place! She was walking in the snowstorm with the baby, crossing the tracks right in front of them. Thank the Lord she was not struck by the train. She apparently was not trying to commit suicide. Who knows what she was doing there. It's a chilling image.

Sometimes my husband talks about the fact that most railroad crew members whose trains do hit people multiple times during their careers. He's dreading that, but knows it is not the crew's fault, and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent it, except for the railroads to continue to educate the public.

I'm not sure what it will be like for him, and for us, when the terrible day comes that he comes home from work and tells me that they hit someone.

A whole family was killed on tracks near our home last year, when a single mother went around the gates as she rushed her child to the ER. It was an emergency and she was afraid the train would tie up the crossing for too long.

I can't imagine the horror of seeing not just one person, but a mom and several small children meet their deaths.

May God bless all railroad workers with peace of mind and heart. May all people learn to be careful around railroad crossings.


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