I was thinking it may be a rare event for trains to pass each other at Covered
Bridge Drive. Google Maps shows the tracks split about two miles down at the
canyon mouth, with one heading into Spanish along the 6, and the other staying
along 89 for a little ways toward Mapleton. They appear to be separate tracks
all the way into the Thistle tunnels and up toward Soldier Summit.Nevertheless, a sad combination of events leading to the tragedy.
Igualmente: not a rare event at all. It happens all the time. Are you people
even aware of where this took place? I think not.
The pictures really bring home how terrible this is. Unbelievable this happened.
Uh, no. Trains try to stick to a schedule. But you can never know for certain
when they will pass any spot. Mechanical issues, loading and unloading delays...
Each track laying next to another is designed to carry a train even if the other
tracks are in use. So not all that remarkable trains passing one another.
@igualmente: Trains are timed quite precisely. Those two trains probably cross
at that same spot every day. Typically areas with parallel tracks are designed
*specifically* so trains going in opposite directions can cross at a point then
move back to a single track later.
It must have been an extremely rare event for two trains to cross that
intersection at the same time... What an unimaginable tragedy.
My heart goes out to the families. Sadly, fall is the time for family pictures
and often you see entire families posing on the tracks. Does people know
that not only they are putting lives in danger but they are actually violating
the law? The tracks are private property owned by the Railroad Company and
people are trespassing everytime they decide to play on them. Regardless,
this is still a very sad and painful situation. Many prayers to the girl that
survived and wish for a speedy recovery.
DeltaFoxTrot...Let's be very careful coming to conclusions based upon rumors and
innuendo. The fact is the mother specifically told her daughter NOT to go near
the rail tracks. Kids do things that kids do. We all did as kids.
Sometimes it catches up to us. These were good girls. Faithful
families. Kids, however, remain kids and short of duct-taping them to the house
and wrapping them in bubblewrap, they will do short sighted things. Gratefully,
they rarely suffer the ultimate consequence as these girls did.Our
prayers are certainly with Savannah this day as she struggles for her life.
I offer my condolences to the family and friends. I will just say
that K, Real and the others are hitting it pretty much on the head.
MAy God grant comfort and peace to the families and friends. Such a great loss
He was 86. He may have been confused. They are looking at footage of the
incident. The gates were down, lights flashing.. Some also commit
suicide by train. These girls I am sure were just not aware of the train paying
attention to each other and their pictures. And on a bridge there is no where to
go. Perhaps they didn't think it was a functioning track? But still, you assume
they all function. No reason to stand on them, plenty of room to walk off the
tracks. Unfortunately some mistakes can't be undone. In IL if you
disobey a crossing in a car or on foot you get fined $250 the first time and may
have 25 hours community service added. The second offense it's $500 and you lose
license for 6 months. At some commuter stops for certain hours of the day I have
seen police present. Some have had to tell pedestrians to stop from crossing
after gate is down, lights flashing and train in sight. It's really sad. With the Trax system in place I do think assemblies on safety make
Aren't kids told anymore? DON'T PLAY ON THE TRACKS.I agree with
Let's be real... enough people have been killed by trains this year, the public
needs to be reminded that they are dangerous. The only thing that belongs on
train tracks is the train.
Unfortunately, no matter how much training is provided to teens about safety,
you will always have a few every year in a community who choose to participate
in very risky behavior. Some just don't think no matter how much they have been
taught otherwise. It is sad, but it seems be part of growing up for some of
Perhaps "K" above has something useful... that a person from the train
companies whether it be Union Pacific or Trax should start by going to schools,
ALL of them. Starting at the elementary and ending at the High School. Many of
us older people, by the looks of it, can use a refresher about train tracks. You
do not need to hear them until they are right on you and you have been hit
and/or killed. Perhaps those train people should also run major ads to remind
and educate about track safety. I think that DN and Tribune and all the other
papers and periodicals/magazines etc. should shoulder some of the burden by not
charging full price but doing it on a community service basis. We need to get
the word out. Apparently, within the last few hours, another person was killed
by a Trax train. Some people fail to use their heads for thinking. Some are
unaware of the dangers and others need to be reminded. So that we can be useful,
let's teach our kids, neighbors, friends, coworkers etc. about being safe around
trains. We need to minimize losses and accidents.
agree with K @ 9:16 am. The girl who was posting to her facebook page just
before getting killed must have been looking down instead of looking up and
being aware of her surroundings. A tragedy that could so easily have been
What to do?Stop posing for family pictures on tracks. Sends a wrong
message. The only time you step on a train track is to cross at an appropriate
point and after looking that it is safe and walking with haste to get off them
again. Do not walk along on train tracks period. We have had kids die from this
cause they were wearing headphones listening to music and just couldn't hear the
train. They would be alive if they walked on the grass just two feet away from
The problem is that the public understands so little about rail operations.
What to do?
Such a heartache for the girls' parents and families. My sincere sympathies.
Railroad tracks are a dangerous place to be. The girls just didn't realize the
danger they were in. Let's all pray that the younger sister has a full
recovery.Does anyone know who is who in the picture?
So sad and so.rry. Condolences to loved ones and friends.Any track, any
direction, any time.
So tragic. My heart goes out to the families.
A full recivery for the one that is in bad shape so far Survived?What a sad loss I wish there Families well thru this accident god bless you
Brings back memories of my son and a friend having to jump into a river from a
train track to avoid being hit. How sad for the families.
And they just moved here from California What a very sad loss The
one Survivorneeds some thoughts to get well of recovery.Our
condolences to thier Families
This is so sad. A witness last night said the girls were dropped off by
someone in a pickup truck, who drove away. In that area, it would
have been better to take them home.
It is sad. I see blog after blog showing family picture or pictures
of kids on train tracks. Maybe it's cause I am surrounded by so many in Chicago
area but you never ever set foot on a train track unless you are crossing at a
designated cross. Train engineers would come to school and do safety assemblies
for us. They can't stop in time and it is totally devastating to them as well
when an accident happens.
What a sad story. My heart goes out to the families of these children. I am so
sorry for your loss.