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NiteStryker

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#1 9 years ago

No, not in the good way.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_train_hits_pedestrians

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Three teenage girls crossing a bridge in central Florida were killed by a freight train as they desperately tried to get out of its way and their helpless friend on the other side could only watch, police said Sunday.

The girls and the fourth teenager, a boy, were hanging out in Melbourne's downtown area — known for its shops and nightclubs — when they decided to cross the trestle around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Curtis Barger said.

"The male made it across the tracks, turned around, heard the train, saw it and yelled for them to run," Barger said. "He then told them to jump."

The girls did not have enough time. Barger said all the teens were from the area, but their identities have not been released. That likely won't happen until Monday, after officials can compare dental records, he said.

John Vallee, 54, lives near the trestle that spans the Crane Creek and was watching TV when he heard a loud screech. He went outside and first thought he saw a blanket tangled under a rail car. Then he realized it was a person.

"It's going to be hard for me to get to sleep," Vallee told Florida Today. "I can't get it out of my mind."

Barger said the teens' parents dropped them off at a Melbourne mall and the kids took a bus downtown, where they were "just goofing off."

"It's very tragic," he said. "Especially because it's young folks who haven't had a chance to experience life, it's exceptionally touching."

Authorities in Melbourne, a city of about 77,000 nearly 50 miles east of Orlando, are investigating.

The track is owned by the Florida East Coast Railway, which operates about 350 miles of track along the state's east coast. Railway officials did not immediately return calls for comment.[/QUOTE]

Why the hell are kids playing on train tracks? Morons.

I like this quote:

[QUOTE=]"Especially because it's young folks who haven't had a chance to experience life, it's exceptionally touching."

Thats not true at all. They got to experience something that very few others are stupid enough to experience.




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#2 9 years ago

The gene pool gets thinned once more.




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#3 9 years ago

Sometimes natural selection is a beautiful thing.




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#4 9 years ago

Playing on traintracks and running with scissors is for winners. At least that's what your parents don't want you to know because who the fuck would listen. Not them. They're smarter than that right?




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#5 9 years ago

When I was a kid (and was going thru the train fascination stage), my dad took me to a nearby trolly station and let me watch them. He didnt let me go play on the track or tie myself to the track however.

If the train didnt kill these girls, not looking both ways before crossing a street would have eventually.




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#6 9 years ago

Sad because I know where this happened since I lived in Melbourne for a year for college. Didn't go downtown very often, but I found where the accident took place: 996 E. Melbourne Ave. - Google Maps

As you can see, there's a new bridge and an old bridge. They couldn't really jump onto the other bridge since there are only cross beams left, but they shouldn't have been on the bridge to begin with, especially with US 1 (with sidewalks!) was right there.

Really stupid move to go on the railroad bridge anyway.




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#7 9 years ago
"It's going to be hard for me to get to sleep," Vallee told Florida Today. "I can't get it out of my mind."

It's very hard on a train engineer when they kill someone in an accident.

Can't help it when you hit some kids, cut a vehicle in half, or run into another train because it takes a mile to stop a train (or a tornado. Seriously, wind is the only thing that can stop a train).




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#8 9 years ago

Phoenix_22;5248697they shouldn't have been on the bridge to begin with, especially with US 1 (with sidewalks!) was right there.

Really stupid move to go on the railroad bridge anyway.

LOL. Seeing a picture of the area makes me laugh hard, because this wasnt a freak accident (like a meteor hitting you in the head), this was just plain stupidity. There is a perfectly good bridge right there, but "no, we wantz 2 walkz were da trainz go".




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#9 9 years ago

I don't know how tall that bridge is, but jumping into the water is also always a possibility. You might break something, but it seems like a better choice than being mangled under a steel locomotive. I guess their reflexes just didn't get a chance to come out and play.

I've done my share of walking on bridges, but I always made sure the tracks were either out of use, or I knew the train schedule and that nothing would show up anytime soon.




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#10 9 years ago
It's very tragic

Tragic? It's like saying a nonswimmer drowning is tragic. A swimmer drowning, that's tragic. A nonswimmer drowning, that's bound to happen sooner or later if the nonswimmer follows an urge to advance into deep water. Same for these girls... like said above, what the hell are they doing on the tracks? :cort:

I mean...

"I think the train was on them so fast they froze and didn't know what to do,"

Are they deers? Or were the lights just so damn fascinating? :Puzzled:

Metall_pingwin;5248749I don't know how tall that bridge is, but jumping into the water is also always a possibility. You might break something, but it seems like a better choice than being mangled under a steel locomotive. I guess their reflexes just didn't get a chance to come out and play.

I've done my share of walking on bridges, but I always made sure the tracks were either out of use, or I knew the train schedule and that nothing would show up anytime soon.

Well, the article actually also says:

The teens could have jumped onto an old, rusty trestle next to one they were on, though it was unclear why they didn't.

So... even easier.


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