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Breaking in Houston: Prison bus collides with MetroRail train downtown.
Houston Chronicle ^

Posted on 08/20/2004 10:14:14 AM PDT by Jalapeno

Headline on paper front page online. Controversial Metro Rail hits Prison bus. More details to follow.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; deathtrain; failrail; federaltaxes; houston; houstonchronicle; houstonmetro; lightrail; lyingliars; metro; metrorail; morethanmostbposts; muchadoaboutnothing; quagmire; rail; smartgrowth; taxdollarsatwork; unsafeatanyspeed; whambamthankyoutram; whambamtram; youpayforthis
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1 posted on 08/20/2004 10:14:15 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: weegee

Houston Ping please


2 posted on 08/20/2004 10:14:35 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Jalapeno

The Train of Pain stikes again.


3 posted on 08/20/2004 10:15:21 AM PDT by mlbford2 (In TX, orange alert means releasing the safety on your shotgun)
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To: Jalapeno

Was Harrison Ford seen running from the accident?


4 posted on 08/20/2004 10:16:47 AM PDT by inkling
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To: Jalapeno

Sounds like the start of a new Bruce Willis movie.


5 posted on 08/20/2004 10:17:20 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Jalapeno

Let us know if Dr. Richard Kimble is seen running from the train.


6 posted on 08/20/2004 10:17:24 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: inkling

We'll just call out Tommy Lee Jones!


7 posted on 08/20/2004 10:17:29 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Dog Gone

I'll give 10:1 odds that the prison bus was making an illegal left-hand turn.


8 posted on 08/20/2004 10:17:37 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: dead

ConRail?


9 posted on 08/20/2004 10:18:00 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: Willie Green

So Metro will tell us.


10 posted on 08/20/2004 10:18:29 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Jalapeno
this is why we don't run trains on the street
11 posted on 08/20/2004 10:18:30 AM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: Willie Green
Well, I can guarantee the train wasn't making an illegal left-hand turn.

;^)

12 posted on 08/20/2004 10:18:40 AM PDT by Constitution Day (...Reporting live from the Holy Barbecue City of Wilson, NC...)
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To: Jalapeno

There is no way I would ride the train in Houston. This is like the third or fourth wreck in the last six weeks!


13 posted on 08/20/2004 10:19:06 AM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: Jalapeno

The Wham Bam Tram strikes again.


14 posted on 08/20/2004 10:19:18 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Bandwidth is too good for these (L)users.)
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To: Jalapeno
Damn it!

Why can't it ever be a train carrying the envoy of the love-slave exporting planet of Xanidu, colliding with the tour bus containing the entire Swedish Bikini team?

15 posted on 08/20/2004 10:19:41 AM PDT by Egon (Kerry in 1970: Don't suppose he voted FOR assasinating our leaders, before voting against it...)
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To: Jalapeno
Metro Rail hits Prison bus

I hope no one on the train was hurt.....

16 posted on 08/20/2004 10:20:01 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: TXBSAFH

The TMD - Trolley of Mass Destruction


17 posted on 08/20/2004 10:20:47 AM PDT by kaktuskid
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To: Jalapeno

I thought they weren't going to report on Metro Rail accidents anymore. Waste of ink. Dog bites man. Ho hum...


18 posted on 08/20/2004 10:21:23 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (We live in a wonderful country where any child can grow up to be the next Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Jalapeno

I thought the chronic wasn't going to cover these 'minor train fender-benders' anymore.


19 posted on 08/20/2004 10:21:46 AM PDT by flashbunny (Kerry helped move jobs to china - http://www.flashbunny.org/commentary/kerryoutsourced.html)
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To: Willie Green

You are right about the turn. But it still is proving to be a less then swift idea to run a train on the street. This baby was a recipe for disaster from the get go.


20 posted on 08/20/2004 10:21:54 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Bandwidth is too good for these (L)users.)
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To: Xenalyte

Ping for the "Train of Death"


21 posted on 08/20/2004 10:22:10 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Democrat - It's in the dictionary - It's between "delusional" and "dimwit.")
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To: Jalapeno

Was this thing built for the purpose of hitting other vehicles?


22 posted on 08/20/2004 10:22:14 AM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: Jalapeno
We'll just call out Tommy Lee Jones!,

"OK you 2 put up a 100 sq mile perimeter around the city and don't let anybody out!"

23 posted on 08/20/2004 10:22:19 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Jalapeno
From Ch 13

Light rail and van collide; several people reportedly injured

Several people were reported injured in Friday morning's accident.

ABC13 Eyewitness News

(8/20/04 - HOUSTON) — A light rail train and prison van collided downtown Friday and there are reports of several injuries.

Details are still sketchy at this point, but apparently the accident happened at Commerce and Main. The driver of the Tarrant County prison van reportedly made an illegal right turn onto Commerce and was hit by the train.

We're told that two people on the train, three prisoners, and two deputies were all injured. The extent of those injuries are unknown.

Harris County sheriff's deputies are helping to secure the prisoners. We'll have more on this accident today starting with ABC13 Eyewitness News at 4pm.

(Copyright © 2004, KTRK-TV)

24 posted on 08/20/2004 10:23:03 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Willie Green
I'll give 10:1 odds that the prison bus was making an illegal left-hand turn

And I bet the driver will say "It wasn't ME, it was the one-armed man!" too...

25 posted on 08/20/2004 10:23:06 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (Real Men Like Bush)
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To: Willie Green

should have taken the bet. It was an illegal right...see #24


26 posted on 08/20/2004 10:24:16 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: July 4th

Metro lite rail, we will get cars off the road. One at a time if need be.


27 posted on 08/20/2004 10:24:21 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Bandwidth is too good for these (L)users.)
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To: hflynn; Richard Kimball
Let us know if Dr. Richard Kimble is seen running from the train.

"Paging Richard Kimball, paging Richard Kimball..."
28 posted on 08/20/2004 10:26:20 AM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: Jalapeno
I wonder whether the prisoners knew they were heading for the slammer.
29 posted on 08/20/2004 10:27:04 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist

boo


30 posted on 08/20/2004 10:27:36 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Willie Green

Pay up. It was a right hand turn.


31 posted on 08/20/2004 10:27:45 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: annyokie; Flyer; Action-America
There is no way I would ride the train in Houston. This is like the third or fourth wreck in the last six weeks!

Hang on, annyokie; I've got a thread for you! Flyer, do you know where the Wham Bam Tram Crash Counter is these days...AA's site?
32 posted on 08/20/2004 10:29:37 AM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: annyokie

You're kidding, right? This is Wreck 56 since last November.


33 posted on 08/20/2004 10:30:32 AM PDT by Xenalyte (They call me . . . Tater Salad.)
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To: Onelifetogive

No worries . . . no one rides the damn thing.


34 posted on 08/20/2004 10:30:49 AM PDT by Xenalyte (They call me . . . Tater Salad.)
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To: TXBSAFH

The Wham Bam Tram strikes again.



NY POST Headline (imaginary)

WHAM BAM TRAM THANK YOU MA'AM


35 posted on 08/20/2004 10:31:09 AM PDT by sully777 (Our descendants will be enslaved by political expediency and expenditure)
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To: hummingbird
"Paging Richard Kimball, paging Richard Kimball..."

Richard Kimball was already recaptured, we need to find Richard Kimble. I know to do. Let's go to the nearest dam.

36 posted on 08/20/2004 10:32:25 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: Jalapeno; Dog Gone

Illegal RIGHT turn? Where is a right turn illegal?


37 posted on 08/20/2004 10:32:34 AM PDT by Xenalyte (They call me . . . Tater Salad.)
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To: hummingbird
"Paging Richard Kimball, paging Richard Kimball..."

Richard Kimball was already recaptured, we need to find Richard Kimble. I know to do. Let's go to the nearest dam.

38 posted on 08/20/2004 10:32:58 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: Onelifetogive

don't be tacky.


39 posted on 08/20/2004 10:33:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (My hair is turning white but my neck's always been red.)
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To: Xenalyte
Chronicle Article:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2748568

Van carrying prisoners collides with Metro train

Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

A Tarrant County prison van collided with a MetroRail train shortly before noon today downtown, injuring seven people.

The collision occurred near the intersection of Main and Commerce streets.

Five people in the van were taken to area hospitals with what police described as minor injuries. Two people on the train who were hurt declined treatment.

Metro Police Chief Tom Lambert said the accident occurred when the van tried to make an illegal right turn as it was southbound on Main. The MetroRail train was also heading south, having just pulled away from the University of Houston-Downtown station.

40 posted on 08/20/2004 10:34:24 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Jalapeno

"Breaking" indeed. It's broken, Jim.


41 posted on 08/20/2004 10:34:38 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: hummingbird; annyokie

Here ya go. . .

http://www.actionamerica.org/houston/


42 posted on 08/20/2004 10:34:46 AM PDT by Flyer (I will never reference my tag line in my posts)
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To: Onelifetogive

Lets hope they were carring Death Row inmates--save the State of Texas a bunch of money.


43 posted on 08/20/2004 10:35:32 AM PDT by Hollywoodghost (Let he who would be free strike the first blow)
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To: hflynn

Deal!


44 posted on 08/20/2004 10:35:53 AM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: Flyer

Man, you're fast...guess that's why they call you 'Flyer!'


45 posted on 08/20/2004 10:37:41 AM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: Jalapeno
A Tarrant County prison

Tarrant County is Ft. Worth. What in the world were they doing with prisoners here in downtown Houston?

46 posted on 08/20/2004 10:37:51 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: wardaddy
don't be tacky.

Too late....

47 posted on 08/20/2004 10:38:55 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: Jalapeno
Channel 11

http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/khou040820_jt_metroax.96d93338.html

Prisoner van struck by Metro light rail train

12:32 PM CDT on Friday, August 20, 2004

From 11 News Staff Reports

A Tarrant County Sheriff's prisoner van was struck by a Metro light rail train before noon Thursday near Main and Congress.

KHOU-TV

A Tarrant County Sheriff's van was struck by a Metro light rail train Friday.

Initial reports indicate five people suffered injuries in the crash. The injured include the driver of the van and four prisoners. Their condition was not immediately known.

Emergency medical and fire deparment personnel were called to the scene.

The Metro train was not seriously damaged, but the sheriff's van was towed from the scene.

48 posted on 08/20/2004 10:39:35 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: annyokie
There is no way I would ride the train in Houston. This is like the third or fourth wreck in the last six weeks!

Seems to me, if I were to choose being on the train, or it's opponent, I'm taking the train!
49 posted on 08/20/2004 10:43:30 AM PDT by brownsfan (Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he'll be warm the rest of his life.)
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To: Jalapeno
Channel 2 comes in last

http://www.click2houston.com/news/3669642/detail.html

5 Injured In METRORail Accident

METRORail Logs 56th Accident

UPDATED: 12:31 pm CDT August 20, 2004

HOUSTON -- Five people were injured Friday in a METRORail accident in downtown Houston, officials told Local 2.

Investigators said the accident involved a light-rail train and a Tarrant County Sheriff's Department van.

The vehicles collided at the intersection of Main and Commerce at 11:35 a.m.

Five people in the van, including three inmates and two sheriff's deputies, were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. Two passengers in the train were treated at the scene for minor pain.

It's METRORail's 56th accident since it began operating late last year.

50 posted on 08/20/2004 10:44:03 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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