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I think the problem for drivers has become worse since steam. On a steam loco the visibility forward wasn't actually very good; I am aware that many drivers would never know anything about an impact till the police would come around a couple of days later.

Now the driver has a good view down a mile of track and can see the impact, be helpless to prevent it in the few, but seemingly endless seconds before impact. And often at the speeds of moden expresses, a person is not merely felled by the impact, they explode covering the windscreen with blood. Drivers who experience such things are rarely left without trauma.

there was a programme broadcast about the issue a couple of years back in the UK, it showed one suicide  captured on a security camera. I wish I had not seen that: however much tho' I felt for the person killed, I simply couldnt' imagine how the driver felt in that instance, he must have seen her for fully 15 seconds. apparently he couldn't work for a month.

Awful. It's abad business

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 01:29:42 PM EST

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