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Two adults, child hurt in 31st MetroRail accident
Houston Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2004, 3:41PM | By S.K. BARDWELL

Posted on 03/29/2004 2:16:39 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou

Two adults and a child suffered minor injuries today when a driver collided with a Metro train in the Medical Center about 2:30 p.m. today.

Metro police officers said a woman ran a red light at Fannin and Binz, where lights in all four directions turn red when a train is passing.

The driver, with an adult and child passenger, then stopped on the Metro tracks, police said, and was struck by a train. Police said no one on the train was injured.

It is the 31st accident involving a Metro train since November.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disaster; mertorail; metrorail; whambamtram
It's hard to keep up. Anyone know if #30 made it into the FR record?
1 posted on 03/29/2004 2:16:40 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
I didn't see it. My favorite wreck was #28, I believe, about a week ago.

That's when the train hit a pedestrian, and then the ambulance taking him to the hospital was broadsided by some chick, and both incidents were captured on film.

2 posted on 03/29/2004 2:20:03 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
My wife took "THE TRAIN OF PAIN" last week from work to the dentist in the Medical Complex. I was glad to hear it when she called when she got back to work. I voted against that POS.
3 posted on 03/29/2004 2:20:59 PM PST by mlbford2
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To: Dog Gone
#30

Man in wheelchair struck by light rail

A MetroRail train struck a Fifth Ward resident in a motorized wheelchair Saturday afternoon, causing minor injuries that sent the man to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The northbound train left Midtown's McGowen Station about 2:30 p.m. when the wheelchair rolled out in front of it, said Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman Ken Connaughton. Ruben Holmes, of the 4200 block of Quitman, initially declined medical attention but later was brought to the hospital.

Holmes, who had just gotten off a southbound train, "must not have been looking where he was going," Connaughton said. The crosswalk at the northern end of McGowen Station does not have a traffic signal.

The incident is the second involving a pedestrian struck by a light rail train in Houston, and the 30th incident on the Main Street line.


4 posted on 03/29/2004 2:23:28 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
The most dangerous 8 miles of track in America.

I hope the Chronicle and their masters in the financial and ecological community that sold this white elephant to the public are happy.
5 posted on 03/29/2004 2:24:13 PM PST by wildbill
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Is a guy in a motorized wheelchair technically a pedestrian?
6 posted on 03/29/2004 2:28:04 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: wildbill
>Metro police officers said a woman ran a red light at Fannin and Binz, where lights in all four directions turn red when a train is passing
>>The most dangerous 8 miles of track in America

No, the tracks are safe.
This woman's stupity
was the big danger.

7 posted on 03/29/2004 2:29:29 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: wildbill
I fail to see where the train was at fault. The woman ran a red light and when one runs a red light it is not uncommon to be hit by a vehicle in the cross traffic.
8 posted on 03/29/2004 2:30:48 PM PST by jsbankston
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To: Dog Gone
Hmmm. I think so in the sense that he was crossing the street as opposed to driving on it.
9 posted on 03/29/2004 2:31:15 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: theFIRMbss
If the woman who ran the red light had been hit by a Camry, some people here would blame Toyota for accident.
10 posted on 03/29/2004 2:33:17 PM PST by jsbankston
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To: jsbankston
The train wasn't at fault. What is at fault is the concept that trains, pedestrians, and cars should all share the same pavement in one of the busiest stretches of highway in Houston.

Many people who come to the Medical Center are not even from Texas, much less Houston, and it's challenging enough to find the right medical facility without a bunch of confusing lights and trains sneaking up behind you.

11 posted on 03/29/2004 2:35:38 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
CRIME and CALAMITIES: the height of American entertainment.
12 posted on 03/29/2004 2:40:30 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Will someon FedEx me a burger and a root beer from Prince's???
13 posted on 03/29/2004 2:45:44 PM PST by jra
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To: Dog Gone
Many people who come to the Medical Center are not even from Texas.

Now come on!

Are you saying that people from outside of Texas have not figured out what to do at a Red Light?

From as far as I can tell, people in most other states and even nations STOP when the light is Red. The woman in this story Ran A Red Light!

She is lucky that when running the red light she was not broadsided by a speeding SVU killing her and her child.

14 posted on 03/29/2004 2:46:06 PM PST by jsbankston
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Metro police officers said a woman ran a red light at Fannin and Binz, where lights in all four directions turn red when a train is passing.

Stupid human being.

15 posted on 03/29/2004 2:53:18 PM PST by judgeandjury
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To: jsbankston
Ahh, I see your problem, and maybe it is the train's problem as well.

A speeding SUV would have also ran a red light at this intersection. The article states that the lights were red all around.

Pray tell, what do you do at an intersection when all four lights are red? Wait for them to change to all green?

If the train is going to share the road space with automobiles, it needs, no must share the lights.

16 posted on 03/29/2004 2:57:00 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: theFIRMbss
I take it you consider 30-some accidents in 12 weeks of operation to be normal.
17 posted on 03/29/2004 2:59:06 PM PST by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: Xenalyte
>I take it you consider 30-some accidents in 12 weeks of operation to be normal

When trains hit people
stupid enough to get hit
by big, noisy trains,

the trains are doing
society a a favor.
It's sad. But it's true.

18 posted on 03/29/2004 3:02:20 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: theFIRMbss
Then you have never been to Houston. These are not choo-choo trains. They are quiet, and even quieter when surrounded by street noise.

But keep throwin' that opinion around . . . you may get lucky and clock someone in the head with it.
19 posted on 03/29/2004 3:04:10 PM PST by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: jsbankston
The train has been operational for less than four months, actually less than three on a full schedule, and we have 31 collisions. If that doesn't suggest a flaw in the concept to you as implemented, then I doubt any number ever would.

I can't wait until they complete the 70-mile expansion in the works. Naturally, the train will never be at fault because it has the right of way by law.

It's not a difficult concept to grasp that trains should be grade separated from other traffic because it's safer. Streets are for cars, trucks and buses. Runways are for planes. Separated train tracks are for trains.

20 posted on 03/29/2004 3:05:04 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Action-America; Flyer
ping
21 posted on 03/29/2004 3:06:37 PM PST by thackney (Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer)
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To: Xenalyte
>Then you have never been to Houston. These are not choo-choo trains. They are quiet, and even quieter when surrounded by street noise.

Oh, get out of here.
Even silent trains only
stay on their damn tracks,

and people always
have the option of looking
both ways! Duh. Get real.

22 posted on 03/29/2004 3:08:05 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Dog Gone
Amen to your post.

I've ridden Houston's Metro Train, and let me tell you, riding in the train, and looking out the window -- it is SCARY to see the automobiles and their passengers SO VERY close, as the train speeds down the track.

Instinct tells one that the train should be farther away, and set apart from the street traffic.

This is never going to work, my opinion.

Also, the geniuses who devised this plan (which I did not vote for) eliminated a very badly needed lane of traffic through the Medical Center. It was congested BEFORE the train -- now it is impossible -- and that also accounts for the accidents. There's too many autos and no place for the autos to drive.

i_dont_chat
23 posted on 03/29/2004 3:51:49 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Dona Terry, Houston, TX)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Action America Houston Pages

 

24 posted on 03/29/2004 5:29:27 PM PST by Action-America (Best President: Reagan * Worst President: Klinton * Worst GOP President: Dubya)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou; 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; ..
Fear the Train! *PING*

As always, a FReep mail will get you on or off this Houston and Texas topics ping list.

25 posted on 03/29/2004 5:30:28 PM PST by Flyer ( http://talesfromtherail.com/ . . . .The disaster in Houston known as MetroRail)
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To: Flyer
bttt!
26 posted on 03/29/2004 5:33:13 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: Flyer; dix; humblegunner; Eaker; bobbyd; thackney; PetroniDE; Allegra; pax_et_bonum; Xenalyte; ...
You know this is just getting rediculous...

I think if they spend any more friggin money on this thing...They should spend it on the most obvious way to get the poorer drivers in Houston the idea that something bigger and badder then them is coming down the way...

Crossing arms at every intersection...Regardless of the cost...That way the train can just blow and go...

And if someone is stupid enough to bust one of those things...Well they deserve to get hit...

But, I do know that that solution will mean more stuff to get out of sync and need maintenance almost everyday...

But its job security for the crews having to be on call 24/7 to keep those things working right...

Just an idea...

Later,
Steve
27 posted on 03/29/2004 5:49:53 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
I remember the Chronicle amde a big deal, saying that we may have as many as 40 accident for the entire year. Think they need to recalculate...
28 posted on 03/29/2004 6:07:40 PM PST by Jalapeno
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Wow. They saw red lights and stopped. Are these tracks invisible??

What an awful design to begin with. Wham bam! bam bam bam!

29 posted on 03/29/2004 6:13:02 PM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou; Flyer; Action-America; Humidston
I hope you guys watch your backs in that area! =o)
30 posted on 03/29/2004 6:14:24 PM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Figures. Lee Brown left a great legacy; just like the way he has always conducted his life. A great mess. You would think these politians would have some brains and common sense; but I guess with all our stolen money swirling around them; it makes them to dizzy to have good judgement.
31 posted on 03/30/2004 6:25:11 AM PST by freekitty
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