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Pedestrians killed by trains that are suicides are estimated to be between 20 and 50 percent. That means there are just as many or more deaths of these pedestrians by trains that are not suicides. Quieter trains and use of headphones and cell phones by pedestrians ambling along the railroad tracks have been attributed as a cause of deaths of pedestrians on railroad tracks.
Tonight WGHP-TV reported a person was hit and killed on the Rail Road Tracks in Thomasville, NC.
Train still has Main Street blocked an hour and a half later. Sad!
I'm not on your lawn. I don't know you and I doubt you know me. Go take a nap on the railroad tracks.
At least 4 pedestrians have been killed on railroad tracks in the past few weeks in North Carolina that I have read about. Maybe they aren't that dangerous. It may be a good place for your children to play and have adventures but not mine. I have grandchildren living a few blocks from the tracks in Southern Pines and I don't want them playing on the tracks or trying to jump on slow moving box cars as David Woodruf and his friends did as youth. Southern Pines has streets to drive on, sidewalks to walk on and parks and other recreation areas to play in.
Yes. The award should be for "Irresponsible Photography."
Same for publishing it on the Front Page.
Well said Skyline.
This old geezer is glad someone has pointed out the unsafe and unlawful adventure of a Young Girl gracing the front page of our local paper. No, I haven't forgotten my childhood. I've walked on the tracks and played on boxcars and thankfully I did not get injured nor did my dad catch me. I have an acquaintance that was not as fortunate. He lost part of both feet. Bicycle helmets were unheard of when I was a kid. I had a major concussion while racing a bicycle and spent several weeks in Moore County (now First Health) Hospital. I remember a local kid falling off the hood of his fathers jeep while having a good time and did not survive. Printing pictures of kids unsafe adventures is irresponsible. A few years ago I remember the Pilot printing a picture of a local college professor riding his son on the hood of his riding mower while cutting grass. Another paper showed a picture of a beautiful child that had lost his arm while riding on a mower with his father.
Good letter. Just because it was a good picture doesn't make this practice safe or lawful.
Maybe someone at The Pilot could do some research about the safety of children playing on railroad tracks and write an article. Check with the Rail Road owners about the laws. I just don't want to read about some kid getting hit by a train. I believe a person has hit rock bottom if he thinks there anything more important that the safety of our children. Tell me something that is more important.
It is hard for me to believe a doctor told his young patient to do balancing exercises on an active rail road track. It is also hard to believe she obtained a schedule of all the passenger and freight trains that use these tracks. For those who haven't heard of children getting killed or maimed while playing on train tracks, you need to wake up. Years ago there was an incident near Jackson Hamlet. Also I have a friend that lost part of both his feet when he was a child playing on railroad tracks. There has been an incident or two in the past few years in Southern Pines where persons were killed on the tracks.
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