Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

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Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby Jochs » Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:11 pm

A person wearing headphones while walking down the tracks was hit by a slow moving Grand Elk train in Kalamazoo yesterday. The train was moving slow, but was not able to stop before hitting the person. This article reports that the pedestrian was taken to the hospital in stable condition:
https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2020/04/pedestrian-wearing-headphones-struck-by-train-in-kalamazoo.html?fbclid=IwAR243pDdS-tAF-BqYlsgUnAa3ljxsL1hqn0r2GP6csOS396L0Jugn49oIgY
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby chapmaja » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:59 pm

Thankfully for the crew they were able to slow down enough to avoid killing him. Thankfully for him, he wasn't killed. I'm glad he was cited for his stupidity. It makes me wonder how loud the headphones had to be playing in order for him not to hear a train horn right behind him.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby NYCMan » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:07 am

Shocked that local police issued a citation to the fool, but needs to happen more often. Prediction: The fool will sue GDLK and extort a settlement from them in order for them to avoid the cost and expense involved for this case getting to trial.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby OldBastard » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:43 pm

chapmaja wrote:Thankfully for the crew they were able to slow down enough to avoid killing him. Thankfully for him, he wasn't killed. I'm glad he was cited for his stupidity. It makes me wonder how loud the headphones had to be playing in order for him not to hear a train horn right behind him.


Hit by a train, and a ticket. Sounds like a bad day for some idiot.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby hoborich » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:51 pm

I always wonder if people are really that stupid or suicidal. How can you not hear a train horn so close behind you, even with ear buds in.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:57 pm

hoborich wrote:How can you not hear a train horn so close behind you, even with ear buds in.

I consider myself pretty adept at looking out for trains as a railfan and all, and it has certainly been part of the job I like the last two summers on internship. But I promise you, the first time one snuck up on me in double track territory made me really, really freaking glad I'm good at not fouling live track!! Granted, we were running the rail saw so there was lots of local noise. Proof the earplugs work :shock:

You'd think you'd hear 12,000 horsepower and 14,000 tons hurdling towards you at 50 with a K5 blaring. I've seen it just take a simple conversation with a coworker to render it all moot.

Reason #1 not to foul live track at any time any where, period. The train doesn't even care about the legal arguments.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby hoborich » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:28 pm

Trains can sneak up on you. But the 5K blaring is hard to ignore.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby justalurker66 » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:31 pm

Not owning earbuds or headphones and being more interested in paying attention to where I am and my surroundings I would not be a good judge for someone who tunes out the world around them as they walk. I have my own failings.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby GP9R » Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:55 am

Having been hit by a train, You'd be amazed at how easy it is for equipment to sneak up on you. I didn't even have ear buds in. Now, that was getting struck by a shoving movement. Saturnalia is right, just stay clear of the track and its not a problem.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby J T » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:14 pm

GP9R wrote:Having been hit by a train, You'd be amazed at how easy it is for equipment to sneak up on you. I didn't even have ear buds in. Now, that was getting struck by a shoving movement. Saturnalia is right, just stay clear of the track and its not a problem.

Was the engineer laying on the horn for a long time before the locomotive hit you?
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby GP9R » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:35 pm

J T wrote:
GP9R wrote:Having been hit by a train, You'd be amazed at how easy it is for equipment to sneak up on you. I didn't even have ear buds in. Now, that was getting struck by a shoving movement. Saturnalia is right, just stay clear of the track and its not a problem.

Was the engineer laying on the horn for a long time before the locomotive hit you?

No, I was struck by an autorack on a shoving move.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby J T » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:38 pm

GP9R wrote:No, I was struck by an autorack on a shoving move.

Ahh, ok, so it's not the same situation as someone walking along the tracks while a locomotive approaches them with the horn blaring. Got it.
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Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

Unread postby barnstormer » Fri May 01, 2020 2:32 pm

J T wrote:
GP9R wrote:No, I was struck by an autorack on a shoving move.

Ahh, ok, so it's not the same situation as someone walking along the tracks while a locomotive approaches them with the horn blaring. Got it.


I recall the old hats from 20+ yrs ago, telling us to always remember..."if you're on the wood, you're no good!"... no matter when or what it is you're doing.
It was good, sage advice.

I once had a conductor working with me who was guiding a new trainee during a switch move, and over the radio he told me he was in the clear, release the 3 step......I said to him (being able to see him and the trainee 3 cars away) "oh, really?! Look where you are standing! He was between the rails of another track with cars in it...he said "ooops, guess you're right! (the trainee was in the clear [of all tracks] like he was taught to do!)

Ya gotta keep your head on a swivel, they would also say. Hope the injury wasn't too severe, GP9, though I'm sure it could have been....

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