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07 September 2011 @ 09:46 pm
Today, the Day I Almost Died  
I'm not joking. Today, I was 5 seconds away from death. As I looked to my right, this is what I saw:





My train left the station and it was on the track to the right. I was crossing the tracks at the walkway provided for us to walk. Before the economic problems we are now having (thank you Republican Congress), we used to have electronic warning systems that would tell us that an oncoming train was on the way and we should not cross. But, the electronic device was deemed too costly and not necessary, so it was dispensed with. We also used to be warned by our conductors to be cautions because an oncoming train was approaching our station. Furthermore, the oncoming trains, because it is a freight train (not the commuter train I have pictured here) travel at phenomenal speeds (as they don't stop at the stations), do whistle (a lot) to warn you that it is coming.

Today, the conductor failed to warn us, the freight train engineer forgot to blow the whistle. People were crossing the station. I was the last one. I'm handicapped and walk slowly. And there I was the "deer ready to be run over." Luckily, adrenalin made me go faster, a person on the other side was ready to pull me over, and besides, I didn't fall. Hubby said that he was afraid that he was going to witness my bloody death. I guess it's still not my time. Frankly, I'm not ready. I want to see my grandchildren have children. I thank my lucky stars. I wonder whether I will have nightmares tonight.

I now know what they mean when they say, "He (or she) never knew what hit him (or her)." I saw the train coming and it didn't register what could have happened till I was safe and sound.








 
 
 
what you're saying is you just didn'tbohemu on September 8th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm so glad you're okay! That must've been a harrowing experience for everyone, but I'm glad there were others who were ready to save you if need be. I hope you didn't hurt yourself during the adrenalin rush?
Spicedogsspicedogs on September 8th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
No, I am fine. It was scary after the fact. Nature keeps you calm when death is nearby, I guess.
~Lirpa~: WTF?katje0711 on September 8th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Damn, Edith! Glad you're okay! Next time you'd better look both ways first! Why the hell would they take down warning signs that were already in place, anyway???
Spicedogsspicedogs on September 8th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
I did look both ways. The train was at a curve and I didn't see it till it was up on my face.
~Lirpa~: Dharmakatje0711 on September 8th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. Well, I'm certainly glad you're okay!
Rick Day: hmm....rick_day on September 8th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
good to see you typing those words :)

Reflect. NDE's are inducers of epiphany.
Spicedogsspicedogs on September 8th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
NDE?
Rick Dayrick_day on September 8th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
near death experience
tigermind: Stunt rattigermind on September 8th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Eek! Glad you're okay. I had a train-induced near death myself a few years ago when i was traveling by car and the car in front of us stopped short, forcing us to stop on the tracks—and then a train came! The driver of my car just went ahead and bumped the car in front of us to get them to move so we could get off the tracks. Very scary.
Spicedogsspicedogs on September 8th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Glad that your driver was smart about that too.

Here's an accident that I witnessed on my train:

http://spicedogs.livejournal.com/364162.html

http://spicedogs.livejournal.com/tag/train%20accident

Nothing happened to the driver.
Stephie ❁: LOST - Across the Sealuminousdaze on September 8th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Wow! That's scary. But it's good you're OK. And the fact that you out ran a speeding train and made it safely? That makes you sound like an action heroine!
Leyosura: oh no!leyosura on September 8th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Oh, my lord! I'm so glad you'e OK.
Rubiksms_rubiks on September 8th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Holy shit. Thank goodness you're okay!
again with the blarg: doctor shoutingdivka on September 8th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, Edith! I'm so glad you're okay. Just reading about this is terrifying.

I don't know if you remember this--but a few years a good friend of mine was hit and killed by a train. Very different situation---but still, I am so glad I don't now have two friends who were killed by a train :(
duckysrusduckysrus on September 8th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Are you okay!? Hugs tight. BTW, Ben <333.

http://z15.invisionfree.com/par_avion <33 I miss you!
Galileahgalileah_galile on September 9th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
So glad you are ok! Are you relaxing tonight? GOD! I wanna hug you!
madame sosostrisshantih on September 9th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
!!!!! It's outrageous that they got rid of the electronic warning systems.

I'm glad you are all right.
Melissa: bloody hellxgirl30 on September 13th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
Wow.
I'm glad you made it across safely.
It's ridiculous they would remove the safety warning devices from that area. That seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen.