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Friday, September 21, 2018

Red Sox Fan Dies Climbing On Top of Train Leaving Yankee Stadium

A Red Sox fan was killed on his way home from Yankee Stadium Wednesday while trying to climb his way onto the top of a train, NBC10 Boston reports.

Michael Vigeant, 24, was electrocuted during the act. The car on Metro-North was heading from Yankee Stadium to New Haven, Conn. His brother also attempted to get on top of the train, but was safely removed by officials.

And you thought the two guys with the banner were the dumbest Sox fans of the week.  Build a better mousetrap…

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5749028)
Darwin award.
   2. ajnrules Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:40 PM (#5749034)
While I usually don't like to belittle other people's death, this sounds like a clear-cut winner of a Darwin Award

EDIT: Coke to snapper
   3. PepTech, the Legendary Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:42 PM (#5749036)
Well, he died happy.
   4. ajnrules Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:49 PM (#5749042)
Well, he died happy.

We can't even guarantee that. It actually happened on Wednesday, the night before the Sox clinched.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:49 PM (#5749043)
Well, he died happy.
No, a day before the clincher.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:50 PM (#5749044)
Is this one of Dan's news stories from 100 years ago?
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5749045)
Mind The Gap (in your head).
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 21, 2018 at 03:07 PM (#5749059)
Well, he died happy.


Actually, he was probably still bitter about 1986.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5749063)
I don't know how anyone who has seen one of those trains could think climbing on top was a good idea.

There isn't enough alcohol in the world to make me try that.
   10. Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 03:24 PM (#5749085)
Here in sunny South Florida* it's almost a daily expectation that somebody will:
a) try to "beat the train" across a grade crossing and fail;
b) walk ALONG the tracks in the gauge with ear buds blocking their hearing of approaching trains;
c) say "F@CK IT!" and jump in front of a train to commit sideways.

At this point I'd believe just about any story even remotely close to this.

Because trains are no longer the primary mode of transportation for the last 60-ish years people no longer appreciate that they are 100-ton unforgiving metal monsters. Add to that the however-many cans of courage this idiot consumed and it doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

* Florida East Coast Ry recently started up "BrightLine" high-speed luxury passenger service between West Palm Beach and Miami, ultimately going to Orlando. They had a huge publicity campaign to raise awareness of the new high speed (80mph) trains, yet it was crash-em-up city the first couple of months.

/rant
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 03:28 PM (#5749090)
Because trains are no longer the primary mode of transportation for the last 60-ish years people no longer appreciate that they are 100-ton unforgiving metal monsters. Add to that the however-many cans of courage this idiot consumed and it doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

In the Northeast, most people have ample exposure to commuter rail and subways.

There are also relatively few grade crossings. I hate grade crossings.
   12. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 21, 2018 at 03:51 PM (#5749116)
c) say "F@CK IT!" and jump in front of a train to commit sideways.
I used to consider sideways, but then I decided that it's better to just face things head on.
   13. SandyRiver Posted: September 21, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5749117)
Locomotives may weigh 100 tons (or more) but passenger trains more like 1,000, and some long freights 10,000, with metal-to-metal friction. About the only thing that takes longer to stop is a supertanker.
A number of other countries run passenger trains at 150+ mph; I've no data on their collision rates. One thing (among several) that impressed me about Japan's shinkansen was the near absence of noise. If one wasn't looking for its approach, one might easily not hear it above ambient noise until it was within less than 100 yards, or about one second before impact. Electric motors and welded tracks.
   14. Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 05:19 PM (#5749180)
One thing (among several) that impressed me about Japan's shinkansen was the near absence of noise. If one wasn't looking for its approach, one might easily not hear it above ambient noise until it was within less than 100 yards, or about one second before impact. Electric motors and welded tracks.

I've given up trying to convince photographers not to put their models' lives at great risk by posing them sprawled across train tracks. Somehow this is The Thing To Do because I see such images frequently when doing a random Google search. I've lost count of the number of photographers who have replied that they can hear the train coming and clear out. Sure, buddy!

There was a video that might still be on YouTube of a woman walking across multiple tracks at a train station in Chicago years ago in front of a stopped passenger train, but did not consider the train FLYING up the next track which bounced her towards the camera like a fleck of sand. Gruesome, but instructive.
   15. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:34 PM (#5749340)
Years ago I was taking the T (subway in Boston) home from work. It was one of those hot sweaty days where things got backed up so the station (State Street on the Orange Line) was just gross and packed and miserable. A bunch of us couldn't get on the first train that came, then a second train and it became clear we weren't getting on that one either. Most of us took it in stride, the lot of the Boston commuter. One guy though just casually walked on and stood on the brackets between two cars. Boston subway cars didn't (back then at least) have the ability to walk from car to car so he was riding standing on a six inch ledge outside the car. I checked the news that night and there was no story about some dude being smushed by a T car so I assumed he was fine.

It's etched in my mind though. This guy in a suit and tie, carrying a briefcase standing on the outside of the car. Just before it left I looked right at him and he grinned and gave me the finger to his lips "shhhh" sign.
   16. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2018 at 12:35 AM (#5749391)
That must've been Jon Hamm.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: September 22, 2018 at 12:56 AM (#5749393)
I knew a guy, let's call him Mowie, who attended Mardi Gras in N'Awlins decades ago.

streetcars utterly filled even at 2-3 am every night. the locals used to exit via the windows.

we - er, Mowie - moves toward the next stop. a local climbs out. one party sees him do it. another... just hears it. guy makes an immediate meetup with a lamp post.

streetcar stops. conductor gets out. local then scampers/staggers away into the night.

picture the next morning - "wow, I feel like I got hit by a bus - I gotta cut back."

same scenario, same conductor the next overnight, close to 5 am. this time, someone drives his car onto the tracks, derailing us. er, them.
   18. Leroy Kincaid Posted: September 22, 2018 at 11:58 AM (#5749469)
Seems whenever someone is hit by a train there are calls for Metro-North or AmTrak to do something about it. As if they're responsible for suicidal, intoxicated, or stupid people. One idjit who climbed something at a train station and was seriously injured filed suit. Don't know the outcome but wouldn't be surprised if he won.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 22, 2018 at 12:49 PM (#5749489)
Years ago I was taking the T (subway in Boston)

IIRC correctly, back in the 90's at the Park Street station you had to walk across the Green line tracks to get to the other platform.

Of course, the Green Line is more trolley than subway, and you have to cross the tracks all the time on Comm Ave., but it still freaked me out.
   20. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2018 at 01:02 PM (#5749497)
One idjit who climbed something at a train station and was seriously injured filed suit. Don't know the outcome but wouldn't be surprised if he won.

It's all the fault of those BLOOD-SUCKING LAWYERS!!11
   21. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 22, 2018 at 01:03 PM (#5749498)
Seems whenever someone is hit by a train there are calls for Metro-North or AmTrak to do something about it. As if they're responsible for suicidal, intoxicated, or stupid people.

Yes. There was a case here a couple of years ago where a woman tried to beat the gate at a grade crossing, got he precious Mercedes hit by the gate, stops to look at the damage, then gets back in the car, and predictably gets hit and killed.

Darwin award, fine. But, the 3rd rail came loose, speared the lead train car and killed 4 or 5 passengers. So, she's a killer too.

There was a woman at work who knew her, and was defending her, blaming the rail-road. I almost lost it.

   22. QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:03 PM (#5749731)
IIRC correctly, back in the 90's at the Park Street station you had to walk across the Green line tracks to get to the other platform.


Not just in the 1990s- I spent a considerable amount of time in Boston just a few years ago, and there are still crowds of people walking across the tracks in order to switch trains at Park Street.

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