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(Oblivious) Maryland Man Struck by Train Was Wearing Earbuds, Didnít Hear Its Horn: Police
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, May 11, 2013 | Victoria Taylor

Posted on 05/12/2013 11:04:36 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

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Maryland man struck by train was wearing earbuds, didn’t hear its horn: police

Kevin Scott Street, 37, was killed by a CSX freight train in Joppa, Md., on Thursday. Authorities said he turned at the last minute, but it was too late.

A 37-year-old man who was killed by a train in Joppa, Md., didn’t hear it barreling down the tracks because he was tuned in to his earbuds rather than his surroundings, police said.

Kevin Scott Street, of Aberdeen, Md., was hit by a 20-car freight train around 12:11 p.m. on Thursday.

The train sounded its horn as it approached, but Street, who was walking on the tracks, did not appear to hear it because he was wearing headphones, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said in a press release. He reportedly turned around at the last minute, but he did not have enough time to get away.

The CSX train was on its way from North Bergen, N.J., to Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Baltimore Sun.

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KEYWORDS: darwinaward; deathbystupidity; dumbass; earbuds; maryland; oblivious; rip; train
CSX train accident in Joppa MD A westbound CSX freight train that hit a man early Thursday afternoon is stopped at the Joppa Road crossing in Joppa, as personnel from the railroad and local police and fire departments investigate.
1 posted on 05/12/2013 11:04:36 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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2 posted on 05/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Those must be some REALLY close fitting ear buds............

I should think he could feel the ground trembling, though.


4 posted on 05/12/2013 11:06:51 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maryland has been in the news a lot lately.


5 posted on 05/12/2013 11:11:18 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: DogByte6RER

He needed a “Seeing Eye Person” like they have in NYC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kNyTqIsrk0w


6 posted on 05/12/2013 11:13:00 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: DogByte6RER

Just guessing, but maybe a suicide, yet wanted his family to take some “comfort” in the thought it might have been an accident.


7 posted on 05/12/2013 11:14:56 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: DogByte6RER

Were they made by ACME?


8 posted on 05/12/2013 11:14:57 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: DogByte6RER

“I hear the train a-coming,
It’s coming down the track.”
Oh wait, I guess he didn’t .


9 posted on 05/12/2013 11:17:01 AM PDT by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: DogByte6RER

Sad story soon to be repeated by Obama voters (well, those who actually work for a living) as Obamacare train bears down on them.

At least Mr. Street didn’t take with him those who didn’t have their ears plugged.


10 posted on 05/12/2013 11:20:05 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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To: basil

That may have been why he turned around. It probably would have been better for him if he hadn’t. He could have had an instant demise rather than preceding it with a brief moment of terror.


11 posted on 05/12/2013 11:21:47 AM PDT by Bob
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To: DogByte6RER
Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)

I heard sirens on the train track howl naked gettin' nuder,
An altar boy's been hit by a local commuter
Just from walking with his back turned
To the train that was coming so slow.

One of my fav John Prine songs.

12 posted on 05/12/2013 11:21:50 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts help hold the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: basil
“He reportedly turned around at the last minute, but he did not have enough time to get away.”

It sounds like he did feel the ground shaking probably 1-2 seconds before impact. I get the feeling that an altered state figured into the mix. Maybe alcohol or drugs but that's just a SWAG.

13 posted on 05/12/2013 11:23:01 AM PDT by Polynikes (What would Walt Kowalski do. In the meantime "GET OFF MY LAWN")
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To: 9422WMR

That was so bad.

But funny.

:-)


14 posted on 05/12/2013 11:23:55 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hard to believe he didn’t hear a blowing train horn as it approached in enough time to get off the track. It did say he turned before he was hit but damn I just don’t understand how he didn’t hear it further out as loud as those horns are.


15 posted on 05/12/2013 11:24:04 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Your comment is valid, however I wonder if the fellow was also under the influence of booze or drugs?


16 posted on 05/12/2013 11:25:40 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: basil

Obviously earbuds must be outlawed.


17 posted on 05/12/2013 11:26:07 AM PDT by sheana
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To: DogByte6RER

I constantly wear earphones since I listen to audiobooks whenever I am not at work or home (read: in the car) but I do wear them when I walk for exercise.

That said, I assume full responsibility for my well being, and stay tuned into my environment visually, and never move to change direction or walk across a road without swiveling my head and looking.

Not everyone is as careful as I am, though.


18 posted on 05/12/2013 11:28:45 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Bob
"That may have been why he turned around. It probably would have been better for him if he hadn’t. He could have had an instant demise rather than preceding it with a brief moment of terror."


19 posted on 05/12/2013 11:38:42 AM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: DogByte6RER

Walking down train tracks wearing ear buds is akin to walking through woods full of grizzly bears with salmon steaks around your neck.


20 posted on 05/12/2013 11:43:25 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: DogByte6RER

You have to wonder what the thought process was here: “Let’s see, I’ll put in my ear buds and listen to some music as I walk down the railroad tracks. What could go wrong?”


21 posted on 05/12/2013 11:47:58 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: rlmorel
I constantly wear earphones since I listen to audiobooks whenever I am not at work or home (read: in the car) but I do wear them when I walk for exercise.

Not being snarky, but how about the guy sneaking up behind you? I cringe when I see women blithely walking/trotting along with earphones on. Wife wanted to do that and got mad when I said "No". Changed her mind after watching a few episodes of "Forensic Files".

22 posted on 05/12/2013 11:51:36 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: DogByte6RER

RR should sue the A-hole’s estate (if he has one ) for the costs of shutting down the progress of the Company.


23 posted on 05/12/2013 11:55:07 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: DogByte6RER

This still makes me sad whenever I think of it....

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/11846992/ns/us_news-life/t/deaf-beauty-queen-killed-train-was-texting/


24 posted on 05/12/2013 11:56:52 AM PDT by procrustes (You make Free Republic look bad!)
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To: sheana

Why naturally, of course!


25 posted on 05/12/2013 11:57:41 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Ever think he was trying to take his own life—Death By train?


26 posted on 05/12/2013 11:59:15 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: DogByte6RER

This happened a few months ago in Hallstead PA...Earbuds too. I cringe every time I see someone walking the tracks. Really idiotic.


27 posted on 05/12/2013 12:01:34 PM PDT by Shady (Libya shows us how Americans rate...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ok, what’s the bad news—the gene pool intelligence level was just increased a small bit.


28 posted on 05/12/2013 12:10:00 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Stupid is as stupid... Every time I cross railroad tracks, whether on foot or driving a vehicle, I proceed cautiously. But I see a lot of idiots who don’t. Like the big truck that proceeds with no space to clear the tracks, sits on the tracks. Then the crossing bells sound and the gates come down. So naturally, the truck backs up, taking out the barrier behind him and several cars behind the gates. I see lots of incidents like this at crossings. Lots of people walking on tracks with earbuds get hit and killed, one just a few days ago near where I am. Stupid people deserve to die.


29 posted on 05/12/2013 12:33:04 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: DogByte6RER

Family filing law suit against the earbud company in 3...2...1....


30 posted on 05/12/2013 12:52:39 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Maybe I’m getting cynical but if he did it on purpose will the family sue for wrongful death?

Most trains don’t go very fast in congested areas and I was taught as as child to look both ways.

Trains typically don’t hit you unless you are on the track as opposed to walking on the siding. It’s not like they can switch lanes to avoid an accident. And depending on the inertia it might take more that a 1/2 mile to stop.

Drugs,booze or deliberate. I doubt the engineer woke up that morning and said I hope I run over someone today.

I spoke to a retired commercial airline pilot friend last night and in the course of the conversation he said there were only two things I am good at. Milking cows (has a farm) and flying planes. I replied that there are three things you are good at, milking cows, takeoffs and landings. The last two is where it typically counts the most.


31 posted on 05/12/2013 1:05:02 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: rlmorel

Using ear buds or similar ear listening devices while driving or riding a bicycle has been illegal in California for many years. The reason being because neither a driver or bike rider would be able to hear any warning sounds such as emergency vehicle sirens or the warning horns of other vehicles. It is simply not a smart thing to do if you value your well-being and that of others.


32 posted on 05/12/2013 1:44:06 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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33 posted on 05/12/2013 1:47:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Safetgiver

How many people who walk the tracks do you imagine have estates? About none?


34 posted on 05/12/2013 1:49:50 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Oatka

Not snarky at all.

I don’t wear them in areas I am unfamiliar with if I am on foot. If I am walking in my neighborhood and someone comes up behind me, they are going to do something whether I wear them or not.

I don’t watch television, so I have never seen an episode of “Forensic Files”, but I can easily imagine...


35 posted on 05/12/2013 3:59:30 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: CdMGuy

I disagree wholeheartedly.

I view wearing of earphones and listening to audiobooks as a personal responsibility, and conduct myself as such. I listen at a level where I can hear ambient sounds, and conduct myself while driving as if I cannot, much the way someone riding a loud motorcycle or even a bicycle SHOULD do. In other words, I drive defensively and am aware of my surroundings.

It is a function of constantly being aware on the road of where you are, where you are going, the conditions around you, the roadway layout, and the other vehicles and pedestrians in your vicinity. I scan my rearview mirror and both side mirrors constantly, probably once every five to fifteen seconds depending on what is going on around me.

Furthermore, it is not illegal to listen to loud music on the car stereo while driving, though I am sure there are limitations on how much sound your vehicle can emit in certain areas.

Bottom line: If you drive safely whether you are listening to an audiobook or not, you are going to drive safely. If your car is dead silent and you drive unsafely or un-defensively, it probably won’t make any difference what you have in or out of your ears.

Note that I do NOT talk on the phone while driving. If I have to take or make a phone call, I pull off the road to do so. Talking on the phone is 100% different than simply listening in the way your brain is engaged. I do believe that cell phones should be disabled while in cars since it is manifestly far more dangerous than nearly any other activity one can do while driving.


36 posted on 05/12/2013 4:12:19 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: CdMGuy

By the way, I just put 3500 miles on my car in the last week, got home on Friday afternoon. This was a vacation for me, just went on a road trip...Massachusetts, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and back home again. Just to see the country.

I drive a lot, and I feel that I am safer than 95% of the people I see out there, because I drive as if each and every one of them might do something to ME.

I drive defensively.

While I think that cell phone use while driving is extremely dangerous, texting while driving is a death wish. I passed a minivan in Virginia last week heading south, and the whole family in the vehicle had their heads down, texting.

Including the father. The wife, two kids, and the father. It was appalling. I was doing 77 MPH, and they passed me. All texting.


37 posted on 05/12/2013 4:22:43 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel

Disagree about the phone. I see little difference between talking on the phone while driving and talking with a passenger.

Now, texting...


38 posted on 05/13/2013 1:54:16 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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