Anyone in their right mind knows that standing on train tracks or too close to them is extremely dangerous. But it seems that people keep inventing new dangerous stunts they pull around trains just to get likes on social media. A video that recently popped up on my feed shows a man who nearly lost a leg as a train passed under his feet. Yes, under.
As I hope we all know, taking photos too close to the train tracks is very dangerous and can lead to a tragedy. A few days ago, a photographer avoided death in a split second when a passing train hit her and tore her coat. The incident was caught on camera and it shows the chilling moment when the photographer narrowly escaped getting killed.
A 17-year-old boy was killed by a train in Troutdale, Oregon on Saturday evening. According to multiple reports, the tragedy happened while he was taking his senior photos near the Troutdale Bridge.
Midnight Rider was to be a biographical movie on the journey of Gregg Allman. From struggling artist to the eventual success of the Allman Brothers Band. Then the realisation that he needs to get clean or risk losing his life. It was tragically ironic, then, that filming for this movie actually did cause somebody to lose their life.
On February 20th, 2014, 27 year old camera assistant, Sarah Jones, was hit and killed by a train while filming on tracks. After a three year legal battle, a Savannah court yesterday awarded Jones’ family with $11.2 million. Oddly, though, the court determined that CSX, the train company, are liable for 35% of that, or around $3.92 million.
It’s that time of year again. It’s warming up, the sun’s coming back, and people are going outside to shoot more portraits. And as often happens when we reach this time of year, some of those portrait sessions happen on train tracks. And occasionally, people get killed by trains while shooting on those tracks.
TODAY investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen wanted to find out just how difficult it was to hear a train coming up behind you. So, he went and did exactly that. This report shows that even with huge freight trains, you can’t hear them until they’re almost on top of you. By the time you’d turned realised what it was and turned your head round to see it, it would probably already be too late.
Apparently the risk taken while walking on/near railroads does not match the need for taking beautiful photos.
One man was killed and another two injured while taking photos on a train trestle in Santa Barbara.
According to Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason the 4 people foreign students were standing on a trestle which bridges a coastal canyon taking pictures. when an Amtrak train came near they tried to get off the trestle, but did not make it.
Only a month ago a wedding party escaped a close encounter with a train in what Reddit commenter city_nightowl pointed out to be more than a few isolated incidents. There have been many similar cases over the last few years:
It was not so long ago that quickly getting from one place to another meant hoping on a big train. Today of course we have airplanes and bullet trains, but those things of beauty still hold their own.
Photographer and engineer Matthew Malkiewicz shares his passion for those beasts by traveling all over the United States and documenting their RAW POWER.
Matthew, a self-taught photographer, and a full-time engineer got his passion for trains when he was small. In an interview with Bored Panda, Matthew shared that