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    A week ago, in the local rag paper there was a story from up Island of a pick up truck that had been struck head on by a train. The story was reported the truck was travelling along the railroad tracks. As luck would have it, the train wasn't travelling very fast, so other than totalling the truck (no kidding eh), the lone occupant received only minor injuries. Strange but true.

    Here is the follow up report:

    "A 21-year old Ladysmith man involved in a head-on collision with a Rail America two-engine train Tuesday afternoon has been issued a $86.00 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act (part of M.O.T. for you, Stayback) for stopping his vehicle on railroad tracks.

    North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said the driver, sole occupant of the truck, sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was released from hospital Tuesday. No one onboard the train was hurt, but the Toyota pick-up truck was totaled in the accident.
    Police said that the driver was attempting to avoid a build up of traffic on Chemainus Rd by taking a "short cut" along the tracks. The truck was unable to get off the tracks in time to avoid the train."
    (courtesy of "The Pictorial" Sunday May 26, 2002)

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    $86.00?

    Surely they would be responsible for any damage to the train or tracks as well, but that would probably be settled in the courts.

    This is a prime example of why we need a fine for stupidity. The fine should vary with the level of stupidity.

    My dad's cousin (and a friend) inadvertantly derailed a frieght train about 35 years ago when they were kids. It's a long story, but I think that his parents are still paying for it!
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    Silver, I agree with you, there should be some sort of follow up on this one from the Rail Coy. Hopefully there will be. Neither the original article or the follow on make any statements about damage to either the train or the tracks. You would figure there would be some at least.

    Sambo, thanks for the link! I have heard of the Darwin Awards, so knew what they are about, but didn't know there was a link for it. I like it, especially the story about the Police Chief. OOPs once, but not twice.
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    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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    Let me serve as the Canadian intrupter here. 86.00 dollars Canadian is only about 48.00 dollars US. So for the family paying off the Ok. derailment this is really a bargin.

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    27... Would the train cops be the ones to fine this guy for any damage to the actual train or tracks? I'm not sure if RCMP would have jurisdiction there.

    Sambo and RspctFrmCalgary... hehe... thank you. Natural selection is making a lot more sense now.

    Zmag... WOW is it that much. I thought it was around $1.25

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    Temp, I don't think the Train Cops were on scene for this one, the reports read that RCMP had attended. I am not even sure that we have any Train Cops on the Island.

    As for damage costs, well I guess it would be a combination of the actual owners of the rail line and Rail America or their representatives to handle. It will be intersting to see what comes of this in the end.

    Inspite of the incident itself, I am still pretty happy that there were no serious injuries to anyone. My friend Kal, the Mortitian has a story about a motorcycle and a train. All I will say is that the train won hands down.
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    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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    Trains ALWAYS win.

    I took a Highway-Grade Collision Investigation class a couple of years ago. Our instructor said that the weight ratio of an average freight train to a standard passenger car was the same as that same passenger car to an empty aluminum can.

    Anybody who gets out of a car that went a round with a train is very lucky indeed...
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