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busyb97 Nov 16, 2012
Fortunately, being at 8:30am, there shouldn't have been any kids around or on the train, since the museum isn't open until 9am for members, and 10am for the public, I think (that's how it was the last time I was there this spring).
Either way.... yes, people need to pay attention! The train has a set path it will 99.99% of the time always follow. The two-footed animals need to use COMMON SENSE and look before crossing a train track or a street! Back to basics people! So many of these things can be avoided by a little bit of common sense and self preservation, not self-centeredness (aware of only ME).
computer trainer Nov 16, 2012
I just hope that no children were on the train, or saw this. How scary it must have been.
Common_Sensey Nov 16, 2012
"It is President Obama and the liberals fault!" -piene2
Hehe....your comment is pretty ridiculous. Well except for the fact that I'd imagine 98% of everybody in Durham voted for Obama. Mainly just because of his skin color.
piene2 Nov 16, 2012
It is President Obama and the liberals fault!
Common_Sensey Nov 16, 2012
"This story doesn't make sense if you have ever been on the train at the museum. It is a small, slow train that goes in a loop outside the museum. We are not talking Amtrak here or a speeding freight train. It's open air and designed for families and kids to ride it."
Yes, the train at the museum in Durham is about the same size as the one at Pullen Park in Raleigh. It's a miniature, but I bet it'll still hurt if it hits you.
childofNC Nov 16, 2012
"All trains need to only travel at speed of NO GREATER than 5 mph at all times. this will stop accidents. Also when coming to ANY Crossing the train must stop and someone get off and walk a head of the train to prevent accidents."
Using that logic, the same rule should apply to cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, boats and planes. Completely disregard the need to move people and products efficiently and quickly.
VickLo Nov 16, 2012
@Sherlock - You are too funny!
albegadeep Nov 16, 2012
Due to the mass of any train - even this small one - a train has a hard time stopping. Even if the conductor tried, he/she probably couldn't stop in time.
Just like in the other story, it's YOUR responsibility to not be on the tracks as the train comes by.
Sherlock Nov 16, 2012
All trains need to only travel at speed of NO GREATER than 5 mph at all times. this will stop accidents. Also when coming to ANY Crossing the train must stop and someone get off and walk a head of the train to prevent accidents.
RAA0013 Nov 16, 2012
This story doesn't make sense if you have ever been on the train at the museum. It is a small, slow train that goes in a loop outside the museum. We are not talking Amtrak here or a speeding freight train. It's open air and designed for families and kids to ride it.
mesocell Nov 16, 2012
I rather think the story makes sense. There was a staff member blowing leaves. The train was running. The leaf blower moved in front of the train as it was passing by and/or the train operator was not paying close enough attention. I was driving in Raleigh earlier this week, and a guy was using two leaf blowers to move leaves out of a road. I was watching him cuase I knew he wasn't paying attention to anything but the leaves He was steady on the side of the road, then sure enough started to back up into oncoming traffic without looking around. Easy enough to do if you are the leaf blower are not paying attention and can't hear a thing.
Scubagirl Nov 16, 2012
wow! 2 train stories in one day! Folks.....if you do battle with a train YOU WILL LOSE EVERY TIME!
In this case I'm guessing the worker had on headphones (as many using blowers do)and didn't hear anything with them and the blower noise.
Grandpeople Nov 16, 2012
This makes no sense. It must be a ghost train. I hope the employee is okay.
dontstopnow Nov 16, 2012
What???? this story makes no sense at all. I agree with go2lightspeed, who the heck was driving the train or did the guy lay down and pull it over his legs? Talk about an incomplete story.... wow
go2lightspeed Nov 16, 2012
Was anyone actually driving (conducting) the train? It sounds as if the train took it upon itself to hit the person. Has anyone seen Christine?