Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Train Engineer Never Hit The Brakes--English Class

Consider Point of View:
The engineer whose commuter train struck an oncoming freight train in Los Angeles did not hit the brakes moments before the crash and was in the midst of an 11 -hour split shift when he ran a red light, federal investigators say.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/17/national/main4454151.shtml?source=RSS&attr=HOME_4454151

Read about this story online, then write how you would feel if someone you knew, was on the train. How would you feel if the train engineer was related to you?

27 comments:

  1. I think that if one of my friends were on that train, I would be sad. But mostly, I would be mad at the engineer for neglegence. It was mostly his fault for that train crashing. If he wasn't texting on his phone, he would have seen the signal and did what he was supposed to do. Not go right past it and crash the train. If I was related to the engineer though, I would ask the company why they were making him run such a big shift. He had to wake up at 6 A.M., then work past 2. After such a long day, anyone would be tired and make mistakes.

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  2. The train accident was devastating and drivers really need to be more careful. Things like a train incident can easily happen with anyone. You just need to be fully alert and get plenty of sleep. People while driving trains need to watch for green lights and red lights just like driving. Especially you have to be aware what track you are on and if you are going in the right direction. Those things are a good idea to follow to be safe while driving a train.

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  3. If one of my relatives was on that train, I would be grief stricken and wouldn't come to school for a few days. I am all for the adding of the new technology; I believe that it will prevent more accidents like this from happening. The cost of the new technology is nothing compared to the price of life. One thing the train companies might want to consider is banning cell phone use during one's shift. I believe that if he hadn't been using his cell phone the crash could have been avoided completely.

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  4. If the train engineer was related to me i would be sad because he was part of my family and i would miss him. I would feel that he did not do a bad thing only that it was a accident. It would be hard because his accident killed a lot of people. I would be very hard to hear people talking about it because he is related to me. Especially hearing it from the families of the people who were killed. That would be a hard situation to be put into. My family has never done something like that and it is hard to relate.

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  5. I would have felt bad if someone I knew was on that train. It depends on who the person was. I would probably have felt a little angry at anybody who could have done something to prevent the crash. I'd feel angry because the people who were on the train had nothing to do with the crash and they died. If the train engineer was related to me I would have felt even worse. I would feel worse because a lot of people think he could have done something to prevent the crash. Knowing that he was related to me having the thought of him being able to save everyone who died would be a bad feeling.

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  6. It was totally a freak accident I think. It also got me wondering why he ran the red light. Shouldn't their be more then one light stand? If that was one of my family members or friends, I would be devastated and would plead my case of poor technology I think you should blame the technology, because they set that entire accident up by not communicating with the other engineer in the other train. You also have to blame the engineer because he has to be paying attention to his surrounding

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  7. I would be really mad if someone I knew was on that bus. The fact that if he didnt run that red light he could have saved the lifes of 20 plus people. Some sources say that he was text messaging before he crashed.If thats the case he should be the main one following that rule if he knew that texting while driving could kill someone and there is hundreds of people on a bus why would he or anyone do something like that.I fell sorry for the people that died and the peoples family even though I dont know them. He caused alot of deathes over running a RED light.

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  8. If someone I knew was on the train that did not stop then I would be in great pain. I would be very depressed and disturbed. I would in my head about why the train driver did not stop and I would have many questions that could never be a answered.

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  9. If I knew the man who was driving the train that killed those people I would be very sad. I would be so enraged about the fact he was possibly texting on his phone I dont know what I would do.

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  10. I wasn't very shocked to hear that the engineer didn't hit the brakes fast enough. If you were driving for eleven and a half hours with a split shift, you would be tired too, even if you did get two hours of sleep between. I feel bad for the people who were related to the people who died on that train. If I had a family member or a friend on that train I would be very mad at the engineer, Robert Sanchez. Although it wasn't entirely his fault but he did have a big part of it. Mainly it was the coordinator of the hours they work.

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  11. Noele: good ideas here, Albert: sorry to hear that, and Tamara: good points, but it was a train , not a bus.

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  12. When I read this, I felt sad and horrible for the people on the train. I would want to know if the person I knew was safe and okay. I would be angry with the engineer if the peson I knew died. If the train engineer was related to me I would feel upset. I would want to know what happened and why?

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  13. I would feel a few things inside of me if something like this occurred. I would feel mostly worried, because how would I be sure if the person close to me was ok. I would feel sick inside because what if the person close to me didn't make it? I would also feel baffled, wondering what exactly caused such a tragedy, and what could've been done to prevent it. I would also have a slight feeling of rage inside me, primarily due to the engineer's fault. However, since there's nothing I can do myself to make the situation better, the most I can do is hope that my dear friend is alive and will recover soon.

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  14. Well, I think that inthis situation both, the human and the driver. Maybe if the train driver would have pressed the brakes the accident might of not been as bad. If this would of been a family member I would not really now what to do. That family must be going threw alot, but you can't do much. You can't really blame nobody but the one that crossed when the light was red.

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  15. I wasn't surprised that the engineer didn't react fast enough to use the brakes on the train. When I read this, I felt that the engineer needed to take a better precaution of this situation, but at the same time I felt pity for the engineer and his family. If I knew someone in the crash, I really would be shocked and then streaming in tears. I can't imagine the pain the engineer's family is going through. Not only did the family have someone in the accident, they have to live with the feeling of guilt. Guilt that their family member caused other people to get injured. But crashes happen everyday and there should be no blame for this, on anyone.

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  16. If one of my family members or friends was on the train i would be very sad. I would mostly angry at the engineer because he failed to see the red light Also, if he had not been on his cell phone, then this could have been avoided. If the train engineer was related to me, i would feel sorry for him, and i would also like to know what he thought happened. and not what the news reporters thought happened.

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  17. This was a very interesting story because my dad always tells me how much I'm texting and I never realized how dangerous it could be until I read this article. I though it was pretty dumb of him to be texting while he was working, especially driving a train which holds over one hundred people. This could have been prevented if he did not answer his text messages. I think that texting message has gotten way out of hand since everyone uses it now. My dad and I both agree that text messaging should be going down. There should really be a new law that people cant text while working like how people cant drive and talk on cellphones.

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  18. If someone I knew was on the train and got killed, I would be angry and sad. I would be angry because for one stupid text he caused so many lives. And it is ironic because the no talking on the phone while driving law just was passed, and this is the first story I've heard about train crashing because of a phone. If the train conductor was my relative or someone I knew I would be very disappointed in what he did, but also sad for him because the media tends to blow things out of proportion. Even though he did cause the crash, it was an accident, and it was probably the last thing that crossed his mind when he started texting. I am also sad for the families that have to go through this because it was so unexpected and could of been avoided. But this all happens for a reason and this is something that hopefully will never happen again.

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  19. This is a really sad story for everyone. Drivers should pay more attention to there surroundings, and not run red lights, especially if you're driving a train! This crash is horrible, I feel for the people who were on the train and there families. Drivers of the trains should be able to have someone else on the train to switch with when one needs a rest. This could have been stopped if people had thought ahead everyday before they started. This is a freak accident at it's best.

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  20. i think this incident was shocking. i mean a train driver texting while driving a train? has technology possessed us so much that we would do something like that? this train driver should have paid a little more attention and watched where the sign was, then he would have avoided the other train.

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  21. If I knew someone on the train that died or was injured, not only would i be sad, but i would be mad. The train company should have limits to shifts. also, they should invest in an electronic alert in the conducters cabin. if this story doesent set higher standards for the train compnays, then i will be truly upset.

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  22. If I knew somebody that was on that train, I would be both mad and sad. I would be mad because that man obviously thought his text message was more important than the lives of the people on the train. It's not right that people die because of one mans carelessness. The train companys should have limits on the shifts that the people work so they can be aware to these kind of dangers. This story should make train companys aware of the people that can be careless like this one. If it doesn't, than the train companys will be showing that they could care less about the safety of others.

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  23. If i knew someone that was on that train,i would be very upset and sad.That driver should have been paying attention,not only to what he was doing but to the safety of everyone!If i found out one of my friends or family members were injured or killed for the conducters mistake i would be furious and very sad with everything.
    If i knew the conducter that made the mistake i would be very upset with him, and personally i wouldnt talk to him! He shouldve known to be watching out for what he does and for the people on the train! It was all his fault!

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  24. I believe that if I knew someone on the train and that the driver was being unreasonable I would be very devistated. I would be sad if someone close to me or even anyone, had gotten hurt. It is also very sad that the drivers did not make a responsible decision. I think that he should have thought before he had acted. This would be a very tragic thing that had happened.

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  25. I think that, that is really sad and unfortunate for all of the people who were there. To me if I knew anybody who was on that train i would be extremely sad. If i were on the train I wouldn't know what to do. I would try to stay calm and under control. I think that the conductor should have been paying attention and I don't like to blame people for things but I do think that it was his fault. He should make a speech and apologize to all of the people who were involved and the families who lost somebody.

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  26. Having to read this incident makes me feel so bad for the people who lost their loved one. Putting myself in their place is hard because I cant take having to lose someone. To be honest I do not know what I would have done knowing the person I knew or once loved is gone.

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  27. The conductor that was driving this train had obviously decided that texting his friends was more important than the safety of the hundreds of people riding the train that day. The conductor was not only responsible for getting these people to work, or home, or wherever they were going on time, he was also responsible for keeping them safe. he neglected his responsibilities and now he and twenty five other people are dead and many others are injured. I understand that he had a long shift, but lack of sleep, and texting on your cellphone have nothing to do with each other. In the news article they kept on saying "he was tired from an eleven hour shift" but that has nothing to do with it. when it comes down to it, he wasn't paying attention when he should have been and he payed for his mistakes with his life.

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