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Posted: 3/13/2006 11:14:57 PM EDT
What are the odds.

Miss Deaf Texas Struck, Killed By Train

POSTED: 8:40 pm PST March 13, 2006


AUSTIN -- The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died Monday afternoon after being struck by a train in Austin.

Authorities said 18-year-old Tara Rose McAvoy was walking near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train. A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the collision occurred.

McAvoy, who had been deaf since birth, won the state title in June. The state pageant director said she represented Texas "with dignity and pride."

McAvoy was to represent Texas at the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer.



Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:18:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:18:19 PM EDT
Coming soon: Lawsuits demanding trains be equiped with signals that don't discriminate against the hearing-impaired.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:18:26 PM EDT
Was she hot?
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:19:50 PM EDT

Bummer.


Although - how do you get hit by a trian by walking "near" the tracks?

My guess is that she was walking pretty much on the tracks. Which, if you are deaf, is about as stupid as riding a bicycle in traffic if you are blind.

Still, it's pretty sad.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:20:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
That's not irony but it is a sad story.



I agree.

Very sad.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:20:41 PM EDT
I can "feel" the vibrations caused by those train horns, I don't see how even a deaf person can miss that.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:23:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blacklisted:
I can "feel" the vibrations caused by those train horns, I don't see how even a deaf person can miss that.



Wonder if its suicide? I mean if she is hearing impaired I would think that she would be more visually alert. Just sounds odd.

Sad too.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:24:29 PM EDT
She was walking on the tracks and was typing a text message to her dad at the time according to the local news. Very sad.

Austin has a very high deaf population. The Texas School for the Deaf is here.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:30:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:40:58 PM EDT


RIP.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:41:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Polydude:
She was walking on the tracks and was typing a text message to her dad at the time according to the local news. Very sad.

Austin has a very high deaf population. The Texas School for the Deaf is here.



Oh man! distracted. Damn...

Learn something new on ARFCOM every day.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 2:41:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 2:44:37 AM EDT by gardenWeasel]
I just searched google for "hit by train."

I can't believe how many people get hit by trains.


Link Posted: 3/14/2006 2:47:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 2:51:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 2:52:37 AM EDT by mfingar]

Originally Posted By Stealth:

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
That's not irony but it is a sad story.



I agree.

Very sad.




Right.

Irony would be..."Ms. Locomotive USA gets killed by train..." Or maybe, if the Train engineer was BLIND...now That would be ironic.

This is just a sad story.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:16:36 AM EDT
Think about the engineer for a second. He witnessed the up close and personal slaughter of a beautiful teenage girl by his engine and there was not a damn thing he could have done to avert it.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:19:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
Think about the engineer for a second. He witnessed the up close and personal slaughter of a beautiful teenage girl by his engine and there was not a damn thing he could have done to avert it.



+1

I'd have a really hard time with that myself...
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:20:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Bummer.


Although - how do you get hit by a trian by walking "near" the tracks?

My guess is that she was walking pretty much on the tracks. Which, if you are deaf, is about as stupid as riding a bicycle in traffic if you are blind.

Still, it's pretty sad.



actually, depending on the speed of the train, you could be 4-5 feet away and get sucked into the train from the draft.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:23:31 AM EDT
that sux, I would think that someone who was hearing impared would be extra careful about things like that.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:25:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:41:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By blacklisted:
I can "feel" the vibrations caused by those train horns, I don't see how even a deaf person can miss that.



+1, and that is just from the horn, the 100's of tons of rolling steel is even worse.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:42:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmedFerret:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Bummer.


Although - how do you get hit by a trian by walking "near" the tracks?

My guess is that she was walking pretty much on the tracks. Which, if you are deaf, is about as stupid as riding a bicycle in traffic if you are blind.

Still, it's pretty sad.



actually, depending on the speed of the train, you could be 4-5 feet away and get sucked into the train from the draft.



I didn't think of that at first. Now that you mentioned it, I've experienced a similar phenomenon. I take the VRE commuter train everyday and sometimes a big freight will roll through at high speed. You can feel some pretty good suction from the draft sometimes. There are bumpy plates at the edge of the platform you are supposed to stay behind at all times, probably to avoid something like this. MJD
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:43:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 6:17:36 AM EDT by RoyDamnMercer]
Apologies up front, but:



roy d.....I feel sooo wrong, but I had to giggle a little
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:55:45 AM EDT
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:58:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
Think about the engineer for a second. He witnessed the up close and personal slaughter of a beautiful teenage girl by his engine and there was not a damn thing he could have done to avert it.




Oh yes...it does suck.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:10:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.




Oh that sucks!!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:11:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gardenWeasel:
I just searched google for "hit by train."

I can't believe how many people get hit by trains.





The vast majority of those cases are TRULY "Evolution in Action" - from people walking on train tracks, or people driving around the gates and flashing lights at train crossings.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:21:57 AM EDT
I saw a police video tv show a few years ago that had a police officer that stopped a lady after she drove around and through the train crossing barricades. She told the officer that she refused to believe that she did anything wrong. “If I’m not supposed to be able to cross when there down, why do they have enough space on either side to get past them?!”

She apparently got in the incoming lane and then drove diagonal to the exit of her lane.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:23:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RoyDamnMercer:
Apologies up front, but:



roy d.....I feel sooo wrong, but I had to giggle a little



The giggle loop!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:39:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.



That's messed up.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 3:16:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stealth:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.



That's messed up.



Lawsuit time. Dont see how they didnt realize a 4 foot pole off the side of the train wasnt dangerous, but they will realize shortly.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 3:21:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By killswitch:

Originally Posted By Stealth:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.



That's messed up.



Lawsuit time. Dont see how they didnt realize a 4 foot pole off the side of the train wasnt dangerous, but they will realize shortly.



Who owns the ground 4 feet from the tracks? I'm guessing it wasn't public property and she should not have been there in the first place. Yes, it is a terrible accident, but certainly not negligence on the part of the railway company.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 3:24:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ohiofarmer:

Originally Posted By killswitch:

Originally Posted By Stealth:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.



That's messed up.



Lawsuit time. Dont see how they didnt realize a 4 foot pole off the side of the train wasnt dangerous, but they will realize shortly.



Who owns the ground 4 feet from the tracks? I'm guessing it wasn't public property and she should not have been there in the first place. Yes, it is a terrible accident, but certainly not negligence on the part of the railway company.



Ding ding ding.

She was most likely trespassing if she was that close to a train. While sad, it was totally preventable.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:41:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JustinOK34:

Originally Posted By ohiofarmer:

Originally Posted By killswitch:

Originally Posted By Stealth:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.



That's messed up.



Lawsuit time. Dont see how they didnt realize a 4 foot pole off the side of the train wasnt dangerous, but they will realize shortly.



Who owns the ground 4 feet from the tracks? I'm guessing it wasn't public property and she should not have been there in the first place. Yes, it is a terrible accident, but certainly not negligence on the part of the railway company.



Ding ding ding.

She was most likely trespassing if she was that close to a train. While sad, it was totally preventable.



The maintenence equipment sticking out sounds like BS.

Almost all locomotives have snowplows. They stick out about a foot to either side of the pilot. Railroad equipment travels long distances, and can be working through a snowstorm in Illinois one day, and by the next day be in Texas or California.

Generally speaking, the railroad will own 20 to 50 feet to either side of the center of the track on a single track, 20 to 50 feet to the sides of the outermost tracks where there are multiple tracks. If she was close enough to get hit by ANY type of railroad equipment, and unless she was on a road or sidwalk at a crossing-at-grade, she WAS trespassing, period.

Scenarios like these are why railroads religiously post their property. Trespass=dead, many times.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:52:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dayv27: What are the odds.
Pretty darned good if you're deaf and dumb! It's just chlorine for the gene pool. Let this be a lesson to y'all, don't walk by the railroad tracks!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:44:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
I was puzzled by this too and talked to an officer familiar with it.

She wasn't on the tracks, but walking to one side. What killed her was some sort of track repair rigging mount on the front of the engine. It apparently sticks out about 4 feet to each side and struck her from behind, dragging her and then throwing her into the ditch. She must have felt the vibrations but thought she was safe. Train speed was about 15mph.



ouch, thanks for that info.

man that sucks
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