Old 01-04-2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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I don't usually post in here though I am a daily visitor for the nice photos I love it here. I thought this was a news item worth sharing.

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. - A Global Positioning System can tell a driver a lot of things but apparently not when a train is coming.

A computer consultant driving a rental car drove onto train tracks Wednesday using the instructions his GPS unit gave him. A train was barreling toward him, but he escaped in time and no one was injured.

The driver had turned right, as the system advised, and the car somehow got stuck on the tracks at the crossing. He jumped out and tried to warn the engineer by waving. He got out of the way just before the train slammed into the car at 60 mph, Metro-North railroad spokesman Dan Brucker said Thursday.The car was pushed more than 100 feet during the fiery crash.

Some 500 train passengers were stranded for more than two hours during the Wednesday evening rush hour. The accident also heavily damaged 250 feet of rail, Brucker said.
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It amazes me how oblivious and ignorant some people can be to their surroundings let alone a train but it sounds like he was paying enough attention at least to know he got stuck on the tracks

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Old 01-04-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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It amazes me how oblivious and ignorant some people can be to their surroundings let alone a train but it sounds like he was paying enough attention at least to know he got stuck on the tracks

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Any man who gets stuck on railroad tracks because his navigation system "advised him" needs to have his mancard revoked.

I also like how it says "somehow got stuck." Gee, I WONDER how.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:24 PM   #3
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He got stuck on the tracks AT THE CROSSING. What in this article makes you people think he was at fault?

I have seen many drivers get stuck in flangeways built up with ice in a front wheel drive car. It is very easy to do.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:53 PM   #4
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It's like that episode of The Office where Steve Carell's character drove into a lake because his GPS told him to turn right...
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:05 PM   #5
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What in this article makes you people think he was at fault?
You're kidding, right? He was at fault the moment he started letting a navigation system tell him where to go without paying attention exactly WHERE he was driving.

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It's like that episode of The Office where Steve Carell's character drove into a lake because his GPS told him to turn right...
Exactly. All it takes is just a little common sense...
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:14 PM   #6
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Read the article again. He got stuck AT the crossing. The fact that he was using GPS has nothing to do with this except to ridicule him and make him look stupid.

Read it again Specifically the part where "the car somehow got stuck on the tracks at the crossing."

I have watched foamers do dumber things all the time. This guy was simply unlucky IMO
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:33 PM   #7
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The article isn't perfectly clear. Perhaps the GPS told him to turn right at the crossing, off of the pavement. Perhaps the GPS database miscoded a track as a road.

Or perhaps the driver took an instruction that was applicable in 50 yards and executed it immediately. Or ...
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More likely the article was made by some college intern who thought it would be entertaining to play on the GPS issue.

I find it funny that we as railfans can nitpick the crap out of a reporter who mispells something like railroad, or grammatical errors over the type of train or whatever else.

But we can't seem to give the same benefit of the doubt to a reporter who probably didn't have all the facts, but had a deadline to meet.
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We have already had this over here in the UK Link . The other issue we have with GPS is large trucks getting stuck down narrow country roads after they have been directed that way by their Sat Nav.
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FWIW, my dad heard this story on a radio station in Kansas, and they apparantly said that he turned down the tracks because the GPS told him to. Why both of those things happened is a mystery...

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Read the article again. He got stuck AT the crossing. The fact that he was using GPS has nothing to do with this except to ridicule him and make him look stupid.

Read it again Specifically the part where "the car somehow got stuck on the tracks at the crossing."

I have watched foamers do dumber things all the time. This guy was simply unlucky IMO
I don't need to read the article again. The guy is an idiot for obeying his GPS when it told him to turn down the tracks...and "SOMEHOW" got stuck. Common sense is all it takes. Unlucky? Not likely.

Sorry, I have NO sympathy for people who get into such situations when they rely on a computer to get them from point A to point B.

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FWIW, my dad heard this story on a radio station in Kansas, and they apparantly said that he turned down the tracks because the GPS told him to. Why both of those things happened is a mystery...

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The system obviously has its flaws, and this isn't the first time I've heard/read about something like this.
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Yes I think you do need to read the quoted article again. I does not say he turned DOWN the tracks. He turned and got stuck AT A CROSSING
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Yes I think you do need to read the quoted article again. I does not say he turned DOWN the tracks. He turned and got stuck AT A CROSSING
Uh oh, Burner...looks like your theory is incorrect:
http://www.themoneytimes.com/news/20...d-1015306.html

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Bo Bai from Sunnyvale, Calif., said the on-board global positioning satellite navigation system in his rental car "told" him to turn right as he traveled over a rail crossing and found himself facing an oncoming train, the White Plains (N.Y.) Journal News reported Friday.
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And there's more...

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A bloke claimed his GPS system sent him down the train tracks and into the path of an on-coming train.

When his GPS told him to turn right Bo Bai did so. Apparently mistaking the tracks for tarmac.
http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...rs-techie-path
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Uh oh, Burner...looks like your theory is incorrect:


Yes, I am a heartless bastard when it comes to people auditioning for a Darwin Award. A little common sense, people!!
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that sounds like the equivalent of that nationwide commercial. "Turn right *errrrrrrrr crashhh* in two... point. five.. miles"
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Okay I can admint I was wrong, but you have to admit that based on the original article there is nothingin there that says he turned down the tracks and that you jumped to conclusions.
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I hate to shoot you down again Burner, and I apologize, but the title of the article is "Man using GPS drives into path of train." That would imply that he turned toward the train somehow, or down the tracks.
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well really if you wanna play semantics, then almost every time you cross the any railroad tracks you are driving into the path of an oncoming train. Nothing in the Originally quoted article states that he had driven off of a road onto railroad tracks, only that he got stuck at a crossing.

I'm not defending the guy just pointing out that you people were jumping to conclusions.

Yes he is an idiot for not being aware of his surroundings and that should be a reason to have a drivers license revoked.
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Yes he is an idiot for not being aware of his surroundings and that should be a reason to have a drivers license revoked.
Now you're talkin'.
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just pointing out that you people were jumping to conclusions.
Yeah, but the correct conclusion!

BTW, you made your conclusion based on only one source...kinda like understanding the world by only what you see on CNN*...


*or Fox News...point being only one source of info...
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lol... nope I didnt research it at all, just went off the quoted article
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