August 26, 2010 at 3:00 am in DL-Online
All too often, a collision with a train is a deadly one. And there is nothing the train engineer can do about it. Continue Reading
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I just read this story and while I sympathize with anyone who has to witness this type of tragedy, I have many questions to ask BNSF and other railroads who say that they too are traumatized at these accidents.
1. Have you ever thought about how it feels to a parent when you or one of your representatives insinuate that your loved one was perhaps in a “suicide pact” with their friend and made a conscious decision to end their life?
2.Your loved one and their friend were drug tested at the scene of the accident and the train crew was not.
3. Why do you automatically state “they were trying to beat the train.”
4.If this is so traumatic for the crews then why so they not have a more empathetic approach with the victim’s families?
I get that there ARE those who DO try and beat the train but why do you have to group all victims into the same group?
My friend was in a wheelchair and got one of his wheels stuck in the tracks and the engineer publicly stated “it looked like a shopping cart so I just went on. (They hit and killed my friend)
How empathetic was that statement?
I commend BNSF and George Warren for at least trying to change some things but I think that ALL of the facts of an accident ought to be presented. I also believe that law enforcement officers should be THE AUTHORITY at the scene of an accident and NOT the railroad.
If the railroads are trying to have a good community relationship they need to perhaps take a course on how to deal with people during traumatic times.
Don’t forget, the victim’s families also “never forget” the site of their loved one lying dead.
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