Anyone who grew up in a town that had railroad tracks or grew up near them knows the drill. You do not play on or near the tracks, and you always stop to listen and look both ways. This is a must-follow rule for bus and medical transport drivers. It ensures that drivers are completely aware of their surroundings, and with most passenger vehicles equipped with cameras now, they are expected to follow rules to the letter.
The drivers of the trains, however, are expected to ‘honk’ the horn before heading through a crossing to inform those ahead of them. When a train reaches a ‘cruising speed,’ they need a whole mile to come to a complete stop. It is because of this conductors find it almost impossible to avoid collisions with cars stuck on the tracks.
Bus drivers, medical van drivers, and train conductors can take all the precautions possible. One thing that cannot be predicted is when someone willing steps onto the tracks for a thrill.
So many accidents could be avoided if people just didn’t play near the tracks. Most children are aware that train + person = bad, a concept that escapes some adults.
Railroad workers and First Responders were called to a gruesome scene in Monterey, California on October 16 between the hours of 3 and 5am. Two female friends, Alex and Charlie (real names withheld pending contact with family of deceased), were celebrating their birthdays together when they decided to go for a walk after bar hopping.
They ended up at the railroad crossing down the street from the bar during their short walk. “I told Alex not to play in the tracks because I told her something bad could happen,” Charlie told the San Jose Mercury Newspaper through tears. “It was a sobering experience. I don’t think I’ll ever drink again.”
Police in Monterey were afraid to share details, but told local news that ‘dismemberment’ ensured there was no way to save Alex.
Don’t play in the tracks, kids, and you won’t need to be sewn back together.