Inattentive child created havoc on railroad tracks

2013-04-14T00:00:00Z Inattentive child created havoc on railroad tracks nwitimes.com
April 14, 2013 12:00 am

A few weeks ago, a CSX train in Dyer broke because there was a young boy walking between the rails with his back to the train. They were sounding the whistle, but he didn’t hear it because he was wearing earphones.

They thought for sure they were going to run into him, but at the last second, with only 20 feet to spare, the boy heard the whistle, turned around, and jumped out of the way.

I’m sure the young boy was traumatized from the event. The crew surely was, as they watched helplessly as the locomotive bore down on him.

A train put into emergency braking is a dangerous event. All of the brakes are fully applied, but the timing and the amount of brake force is not the same for all of the cars throughout the train. This train broke in two places, holding up train and highway traffic until repairs could be made.

Walking down the track is never a good thing. Parents, tell your children about this.

- Laurence Petersen, Highland

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