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Thu Oct 31, 2013, 03:28 PM

16. When I was working on the railroad (no joke)...

We ran over a man laying between the rails, in a curve, near a street crossing. It was about 5am, light fog, the area was poorly lit, he was African- American and wearing all dark clothing and shoes. Truly the worst of all possible scenarios.

The train fully passed over him. Then it was my responsibility as conductor to go back and check on him. This was when we still had cabooses. He was dead of course. Considering what happened his body wasn't several injured. We were out of radio range, so I walked down the street to find a house with a porch light (this was before cell phones). It was the house of a preacher. I called the local police, they showed up, took our statements. The Justice of the Peace pronounced him dead, and they took him away in a hearse.

We were out of time, so they brought out a relief crew, and took us home in a crew van. We didn't have to testify in court, and I never heard the cause of death. In fact I never heard anything ever again.

Some crews I knew hit cars loaded with people and killed entire families, or even worse, carloads of teenagers from several families.

Those crews needed and got counseling. Then they had to undergo weeks testifying at trail.

The moral is when people try to beat a train, they're dancing with death, and most times they lose.

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