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:
- July 2014- Train runs over photographers on trestle; they miraculously survive
- June 2014- Photographer in Missouri hit and killed during photo shoot
- June 2014- Photographer hit and dragged by train while taking pictures on the track
- February 2014- Professional video crew member for ‘Midnight Rider’ hit and killed
- January 2014- Jersey Boys band member posing on tracks hit and killed
- 2013- Cameraman filming ‘train surfers’ hit by train and dies
- 2012- Video of photographer being hit by train
- 2012- Photography teacher hit and killed while photographing trains
- Union Pacific pleads for photographers to stay off tracks
- Map of train injuries/fatalities in the US in one year
- 840 die/injured from trespassing on train tracks annually, Norfolk Southern rail safety
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.