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  • Anonymous

    “We do not have an identity of the trespasser” to report, Amtrak
    spokesman Cliff Cole told the Bangor Daily News in a voice message on
    Tuesday, adding that authorities do not have a timetable for releasing
    the individual’s name.
    Nice, Amtrak, demonize the victim. As dumb as is walking on active train tracks, it’s pretty defensive and cold to say it was the “tresspasser’s” fault.  Why not say it’s sad and let it go?

    • Anonymous

      First, the statement was factual: the person was trespassing.

      Second, Amtrak didn’t blame the person.

      Third, it was the pedestrian’s fault, as trains take awhile to stop and can’t steer away. The train always has the right-of-way.

    • Bob

      See my other post it could be the trains fault if it was going faster than it should have. We do not know all the facts. The train people never talk about the suction affect of being near a high speed train.

      • SierraTango

        The Downeaster is not a high speed train. Not by the American definition (which is pathetically slow), and certainly not by the worldwide definition. Even America’s fastest train, the Acela Express, has not been sucking people to their deaths.

  • For all the thoughtless and cruel people saying it was this man’s fault, you should be absolutely ashamed at yourselves.  This person was a father a, husband and someone’s son. It’s bad enough that the story blames him.

    • Anonymous

      The truth hurts sometimes. The railroads have been proactive in telling the people the dangers of not paying attention when near train tracks and the dangers of walking on tracks. People need to listen (especially portrait photographers who think it’s cute to pose a person on tracks) to the warnings.

      Of course, in this particular case, it is possible that the victim intended to be hit. Even if this turns out to be the case, let’s not try to brush aside the realities of suicide. (The news media never did a follow-up on why a man driving on I-95 two years ago suddenly drove off the road, went onto the median for several hundred feet, and smashed head-on into a abutment to an overpass.)

    • Anonymous

      The story lays no blame whatsoever. It simply relates that the Amtrak spokesperson identifies the person as what he was: a trespasser. By doing so, perhaps the story will save the life of another person who didn’t realize how dangerous the practice of trespassing on train tracks is. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the story or Amtrak’s description. The fact is, he put everyone on that train in danger and caused psychological damage to the poor train personnel who will undoubtedly have a hard time getting over this. The only thing wrong here is your buying into the lack of responsibility rampant in our culture.

    • Anonymous

      let’s navigate through the facts, shall we?

      fact #1.  the story doesn’t blame the victim.
      fact #2.  the victim was trespassing
      fact#3.  there is never a good time to walk/run/crawl/play/lay/sleep/fornicate or any other activity on or near railroad tracks.  
      fact #4.  fact #3 is common knowledge and those who put themselves in harms way are accepting potentially fatal risks.
      fact #5.  the fact that this is someones child or parent is of no consequence to this argument.  it’s sad no matter who it is.
      fact#6.  sadness of the incident doesn’t change or eliminate fault.
      fact #7. you should be ashamed for telling the people that are dealing in facts that they should be ashamed.

  • Bob

    These accidents are much more common In Europe. A friends father was sucked under a train . I guess just being near a high speed train makes a suction that can draw you under it.  We do not know the whole story here . Please do not blame the victim till we know.

    • SierraTango

      The Downeaster does not travel anywhere near as fast as European passenger trains. I’ve stood next to the railroad crossing in Scarborough where the Downeaster’s fastest speeds occur (79 MPH) and I was not sucked under the train. The Downeaster goes considerably slower than that in Biddeford, due to the proximity to the Saco train station (they’re either slowing down to stop at the station or trying to get back up to speed after being stopped there. Trains aren’t Ferraris; it takes them a while to get up to speed).

  • Claw 19 you are correct, but I’d like to add one more item above #1.

    Trains move in a predictable path.  Walk a few feet from the tracks and you are safe, even if you are trespassing.  Walk between the rails and don’t expect the train can steer out of your path.

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