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railsafety said...

This is a tragedy, so very sad. My heart goes out to the families and friends. I wanted to make a couple of points here. First, the families are entitled to a variety of reports. The Coroner's, the police, the train company, the track owners and the TSB. I would request these reports and I would insist that the train company state the condition of the train's headlight- On Full, Dimmed or Extinguished. The rails extinguish their lights often during a run, which limits the view for the conductor/engineer but more importantly for the victims. It is difficult to hear a train from in front and if you add to that the train headlight being extinguished you have a recipe for tragedy. The rails do not like to point out the condition of their headlights reasons being obvious. Many people have died walking with backs to the train because they didn't hear it and if you remove the headlight the didn't see it. The 10 foot shadows that the headlight would cast to warn them is gone. If you google, (turn your lights on...mpg you tube) a video link comes up click it to see what I am talking about. I know from experience information needs to be had for these families not speculations...I hope they get the 5 reports it really tells you a lot.If the engineer had only 5 seconds from seeing them..then I would guess that the headlight was off. Everyone needs to know about this practice by the rails. There should have been more than 5 seconds. It sounds to me like these were 2 young people with much to look forward to, with plans.The person who mentioned how she was thrown away from the tracks would lead me to think she was up off the ground. I suspect when they realized that a train was coming they really had no time...but the horn and the lights should have provided precious seconds. I would be reading the reports for speed, allowed speed at that mile marker, lights, on or off. Also the rail companies require 2 things in the event of an accident causing death 1, the cellphone records of the engineer/conductor and they do a swab for drugs/alcohol which will be positive/negative or positive/positive of course they do not tell the answers to the public but they have that. I am not saying that was an issue, but I firmly believe the rails should take it off the table by answering. If you drive a car that kills 2 people you will be tested and it will be public. God Bless and I hope this helps just a little..prayers to all.

September 1, 2011 at 8:56 p.m.

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