Train Kills One Photographer And Injures Two More While Taking Photos On Train Rails

Oct 13, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Oct 13, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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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:

And all we have to say here, is be careful. There isn’t a single photo, as remarkable as it is, that is worth risking your life.

[noozhawk.com via reddit | lead image by Len Matthews]

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Udi Tirosh

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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16 responses to “Train Kills One Photographer And Injures Two More While Taking Photos On Train Rails”

  1. Zamfirescu Vladimir-Alexandru Avatar
    Zamfirescu Vladimir-Alexandru

    Clichés kill?

    1. Jim Johnson Avatar
      Jim Johnson

      Snark is never the appropriate response to reports of someone’s death.

  2. Drew Sierzant Avatar
    Drew Sierzant

    i think the headline is misleading. stupidity kills…

  3. Dan Sulla Avatar
    Dan Sulla

    Stay off the tracks and especially trestles. Dear God in heaven so far the photos I’ve seen done on tracks have stunk anyway.

  4. Sakari Nylund Avatar
    Sakari Nylund

    And there’s even a website about this: http://dumbwaystodie.com

  5. Jesse Russell Avatar
    Jesse Russell

    Good. If you’re that stupid, you deserve it.

    1. Jim Johnson Avatar
      Jim Johnson

      Even the smartest people are prone to doing stupid things. That does not mean they “deserve” to die.

      That is an inhumane thing to say whether you are anonymous on the internet or not. I might even call it stupid…

  6. Jim Johnson Avatar
    Jim Johnson

    And let the holier than thou a-holes begin.

    People died, and you smugly sit there behind your keyboard saying, “Told you so!” There is no need for it. They died. You don’t have to announce to the world what you think of them for grieving their families and friends. They died, the damage is already done.

    Everyone does something dumb in their life. Anyone who thinks they have never done something that could have directly caused their death without a little bit of luck, is a terrible fool.

    1. kassim Avatar
      kassim

      Take it as a cautionary tale.

    2. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      Article says nothing close to “Told you so”. It’s a reminder to those participating in this dangerous activity.

      1. Jim Johnson Avatar
        Jim Johnson

        I’m not talking about the article. It’s the comments.

        1. ext237 Avatar
          ext237

          Sorry, my bad. But your admonishment of “I told you so” doesn’t seem to apply to any particular comment either.

          1. Jim Johnson Avatar
            Jim Johnson

            Probably true. It was poorly phrased.

    3. catlett Avatar
      catlett

      Thank goodness your own holier than thou attitude got posted before theirs.

  7. Chuck Avatar
    Chuck

    When I see stories like this I’m always surprised that the danger wasn’t more evident to the people involved. I don’t mean that to blame them in anyway. To the contrary, I wonder what it is about trains that creates false sense of security or safety that ultimately lulls so many into a dangerous situation. This is really the scary part of this because I love trains and would like to photograph them more when/if time allows and try to use good judgement. But with a list as long as the one above, I would image many of those people thought they were using good judgement too.