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« Reply #20 on: Mar 20th, 2006, 10:26am »
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on Feb 23rd, 2005, 7:50pm, RailCop wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I have responded many times to fatal accidents, both motorists and trespassers, and it's never easy.

You got THAT right, Kevin!  Working a scene like that is hard.  I worked an accident as a Paramedic--a car-train collision just outside of Alexandria VA in 1986.  Drunk driver tried to beat a train and didn't make it.  The driver survived (perhaps unfortunately for the gene pool) but his wife and baby didn't...
A friend of mine who was a member of the local law enforcement was also working the wreck--she said it took everything she had to keep from doing physical harm to the driver while taking him into custody.
The driver was charged with 2 counts of intoxication manslaughter but from what I understand, he plea-bargained it down to simple reckless endangerment.  Go figure...


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« Reply #21 on: Nov 5th, 2006, 3:37pm »
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The legal proceedings were all settled in 1992 outside of court and fortunately for Brian and myself, we didn't have to testify. From what my lawyer told me, the families actually lost money by filing suit. Too bad, so sad.

Did the families' lawyers lose money for encouraging them to file what turned out to be frivolous lawsuits? Probably not.

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Re: Why we blow whistles engineers story
« Reply #22 on: Apr 26th, 2007, 10:15pm »
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I am posting http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2764246 this link here because I thought people might be interested in reading the reactions of the general public to someone getting hit by a train and filing a lawsuit. I also posted a link to the article at the beggining of the thread, and to this thread, in the forum linked to in this post.


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« Reply #23 on: Apr 27th, 2007, 4:11pm »
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