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For the third time in two years, I sat on a train that hit someone. This time it was with a railjet, and passengers had to stay in the train while police & ambulance came for the cleanup. (The conductor said that the victim first ran across the tracks, then jumped back in front of the train -- either it was an idiot who dropped something or a suicide jumper with temporary doubts...)

It seems I am jaded now -- I was more shocked by what I heard on the way back.

I got off at the next station because the delay meant I missed my goal, and boarded the two hours delayed railjet in the opposite direction. On the way we stopped and took on the Budapest-destined passengers of an also delayed local train, including a grandmother with four children under four. And what do I hear her telling them? "Watch out, maybe we can glimpse the accident!"...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 at 03:36:17 PM EST
Possibly they were just told there was an accident and assumed it was some goods vehicles off the track

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 at 03:49:11 PM EST
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Trains over here hit cars all the time, because we have thousands of unprotected grade crossings. (250,000 according to http://www.techtransfer.berkeley.edu/newsletter/04-4/tracks.php)

I got out and looked at the front of our engine after one such crash, and there was a small scratch on it; the car had been pretty much demolished. The size of a train locomotive is difficult to comprehend...

http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/news/x1772937947/Rail-deaths-take-psychological-toll-on-train-crews

by asdf on Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 at 09:24:41 PM EST
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One of the minor consequences of switching from steam to diesel. With steam the forward vision was restricted and so, signals apart, not monitored to the same extent. Much of the time, they wouldn't even have been aware till they finished a shift, and possibly not even then.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 at 04:35:26 AM EST
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