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Friday, June 15, 2007

Gruesome News

posted by on June 15 at 16:57 PM

This sad report just in from someone on the Amtrak 507 down to PDX: Just south of Centralia, the train “bounced” and then came to a stop.

Several minutes later an announcement came on that that they had run someone over.

The coroner is on the way.

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OMG! I just laughed! Forgive me!

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 15, 2007 5:01 PM

Suicide or iPod?

Posted by Gitai | June 15, 2007 5:16 PM

At least they got an announcement. I traveled by train once... the damn thing would stop, in the middle of Buttfuck Nowhere, for no gawddamn reason, and stay stopped for an hour or two. And none of the attendants or conductors would know why. What? Can't the engineer communicate with the crew?

Posted by Dr_Awesome | June 15, 2007 5:39 PM

No, they got rid of the engineers.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 15, 2007 5:59 PM

I was on one of the big trains from Portland to Seattle once. Since they start in LA (I think) they are always hours late by the time they get to Portland, so we were already looking at an 10pm arrival time.

Going through Federal Way the train suddenly stopped. A few minutes later police cars and ambulances arrived. About an hour later we began getting confirmation that the train had hit someone. Then we got to watch one of the emergency response guys pull out a huge 100 yard tape and presumably measure the distance the body traveled, or was pushed, or the distance between body parts. Not really sure.

I think we got to Seattle at 3am.

Posted by K | June 15, 2007 8:24 PM

Ugh. It was either a suicide or a moron. No one else would walk railroad tracks.

And pity the poor people on the train. It takes FOREVER for the authorities to do the investigation.

Posted by Catalina vel-duray | June 15, 2007 8:46 PM

I was waiting for the 508 train, but it was held up by the 507. An extra hour of Oly (or maybe it's Lacey)

Posted by mattro | June 16, 2007 7:42 AM

I don't see how it could be an iPod issue. I used to live right next to railroad tracks and there's no way you can not notice the earth shaking as they pass.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 16, 2007 5:58 PM
9 the trains pass.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 16, 2007 6:00 PM

The person I feel bad for in these situations is the engineer. Try as much as he/she might, there's no way to stop the train in time, and they have a front row seat to the death. If it's a car or large truck on the tracks, there's a good chance they will end up dead themselves.

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