Thursday, February 23, 2012
Just who ARE these people that sleep on railroad tracks?
Last September, out in Mission Viejo, California a young couple, after a "heavy night of partying" in a nearby park simply fell asleep on the tracks. Oops, as Governor Perry would say. Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators said it appears a young man and teenage girl simply fell asleep on the tracks early Thursday before a Los Angeles-bound Metrolink train killed them, scattering body parts for hundreds of feet. Talk about how that must have looked if you were out walking the dog and Fido comes running up with a foot or something for you to play catch with! Here, boy - bring me the arm also! What fun!
This happens a lot, it seems. Last year in New Orleans two more men were hit on the tracks. I'm sure it all starts in fun, "HEY, LADY!! Show us those hooters and we will throw ya some beads!" Then a couple of dozen frozen drinks later it is time to take a nap on some nearby rail, I guess. Investigators said they received a 911 call from the conductor of an Amtrak train at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday, who said the train had just hit two men who were lying across the tracks near the 8-mile marker on Interstate 59.
One of the victims, described as a 22-year-old man, was found dead at the scene. The other victim, described as a 28-year-old man, was flown to a nearby hospital.
Such a fun way to go. I'll have to remember to tell Betty in Cozumel that after we knock down our usual six or eight margaritas, that we should take our nap in the street or somewhere safe.