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GPS Leads Woman Onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed
breitbart.com ^

Posted on 06/20/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT by matt04

BELMONT, Mass. — A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night.

The woman was driving southbound on Brighton Street shortly before 9 p.m. when the GPS device directed her to make a right turn which placed her vehicle directly onto railroad tracks.

Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks, forcing her to flee the vehicle with her children.

Shortly thereafter, an MBTA Fitchburg bound commuter rail train carrying 70 passengers slammed into the minivan. Nobody was injured in the collision either on or off the train.

No information was given as to why the woman could not drive off the tracks nor was there a reason given as to why she couldn't see that she was driving onto them in the first place.

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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: gps; mbta
How does one NOT notice they are trying to drive a minivan onto rail road tracks?
1 posted on 06/20/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

You should follow orders without question.


2 posted on 06/20/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: matt04

A nation of technology dependent morons.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 12:18:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: matt04

Oh, yeah “The GPS did it”. I bet.


4 posted on 06/20/2013 12:19:51 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: matt04

Lemme guess:

A. She was talking on her cell phone.

B. She was texting.


5 posted on 06/20/2013 12:20:00 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: matt04
How does one NOT notice they are trying to drive a minivan onto rail road tracks?

Same way Democrats get elected to office. There is a level of stupid with this that is very rarely plumbed.
6 posted on 06/20/2013 12:20:54 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: matt04

Let me guess. Obama supporter and wants to get PAID by the evil white man that owns the train that ran into her van. Unless you are blind or drunk how could you NOT tell you were driving onto railroad tracks. First clue - if you what looks like railroad ties and rails and the ride suddenly gets real bumpy you might be on railroad tracks


7 posted on 06/20/2013 12:21:12 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: matt04

8 posted on 06/20/2013 12:21:40 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: matt04

Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks. Really. Suicide attempt.


9 posted on 06/20/2013 12:21:46 PM PDT by DManA
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To: matt04

A Low Information Voter following the direction of “Superior” intellect. No surprise here.


10 posted on 06/20/2013 12:22:02 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: matt04

Something smells very fishy about that story.

Suspicions of her being an Obama voter...arise from the depths.


11 posted on 06/20/2013 12:22:10 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: 98ZJ USMC
BELMONT, Mass

I rest my case.
12 posted on 06/20/2013 12:22:33 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: jsanders2001

I forgot ALSO paid by the evil white mn that invented the GPS device and built the satellites too.


13 posted on 06/20/2013 12:22:39 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: matt04

14 posted on 06/20/2013 12:23:23 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: matt04

Too dumb for words.


15 posted on 06/20/2013 12:23:32 PM PDT by livius
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To: 98ZJ USMC

I’d like to see a photo of the woman to confirm my suspicions...


16 posted on 06/20/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

I predict a lawsuit against the GPS manufacturer.


17 posted on 06/20/2013 12:24:44 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: AppyPappy

Bet she votes Rat.


18 posted on 06/20/2013 12:26:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: matt04
How does one NOT notice they are trying to drive a minivan onto rail road tracks?

She was too busy texting on her cellphone.

19 posted on 06/20/2013 12:27:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: matt04

Only time a government mandated safety device deployed correctly!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUHAHAHAHA


20 posted on 06/20/2013 12:31:16 PM PDT by Paul46360
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To: jsanders2001

“Let me guess. Obama supporter and wants to get PAID by the evil white man that owns the train”

I’ll bet you she’s suing the evil white men who made the defective GPS she claims put her on the railroad tracks too.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 12:31:49 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: DManA
Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks. Really. Suicide attempt.

The car was 'stuck' on the tracks. Apparently she wasn't driving across a train 'intersection', she was driving across JUST the tracks. She high-centered it over the actual rails.

22 posted on 06/20/2013 12:32:23 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Predict. Guaranteed especially if an Obamo supporter. I would have had her take an standard field sobriety test and requested to see her cell phone if I were working the scene. And the GPS device of course. I’d be interested to see what her kids have to say but you have to tread lightly in that area.


23 posted on 06/20/2013 12:35:25 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: matt04

Last year had a yo-yo drive his car around a barricade and
down a flooded street

We had to go out in boats and fish him off top of car

When questioned by cops why was driving into a flooded road
said

“GPS told me to turn down this street...”

Was charged with ignoring a traffic device.......


24 posted on 06/20/2013 12:36:31 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: matt04

Smoke from the crack pipe is caustic when it come into contact with printed circuitry.


25 posted on 06/20/2013 12:37:05 PM PDT by Einherjar
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To: matt04
Assachusetts...got to love 'em.

(Probably texting...Red Englanders are LOST without their toys. Every week I get some woman in my neighborhood completely lost because she was 'following' her GPS.)

26 posted on 06/20/2013 12:38:50 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: matt04

Was that the GPS model that was on sale for half price?


27 posted on 06/20/2013 12:40:50 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: matt04

Well... it was getting dark...


28 posted on 06/20/2013 12:41:13 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: matt04

I’m sure she is hoping that the GPS unit was destroyed so that there is no conflicting evidence.


29 posted on 06/20/2013 12:42:08 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: UCANSEE2

Can’t someone think, that if a GPS says turn right, but a right turn takes you down railroad tracks and not a street, that this is not the correct turn to make? Maybe you should keep driving, let the GPS annouce it’s recalculating, then see if it takes you on a realistic route????


30 posted on 06/20/2013 12:48:21 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: DManA

Hard to believe she got “stuck”.

Check out the crossing in this video -

http://www.ksbw.com/news/minivan-destroyed-after-gps-leads-driver-onto-mbta-tracks/-/1852/20647366/-/3rkl6lz/-/index.html


31 posted on 06/20/2013 12:49:24 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: matt04

I smell bullsh!t.


32 posted on 06/20/2013 12:52:06 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: matt04

“Recalculating”


33 posted on 06/20/2013 12:53:09 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: matt04

I’ve heard of Obama-phones, but Obama-gps is news to me...


34 posted on 06/20/2013 12:54:42 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: matt04
There have been other examples of this behavior:

http://www.adn.com/2012/08/23/2597925/man-guided-by-gps-drives-off-ferry.html
August 23, 2012

About 400 feet from the ferry dock, a GPS unit in the man's car told him to take a hard right turn, Schofield said.

“The GPS apparently misrouted him, and he drove down the ramp for launching boats into the water,” Schofield said. “He was unfamiliar with the area is the only answer I have for you.”


35 posted on 06/20/2013 12:59:00 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: cripplecreek

Map reading is a lost art.


36 posted on 06/20/2013 12:59:58 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: matt04

You can’t train stupid.


37 posted on 06/20/2013 1:01:33 PM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: matt04

GPS devices are a great tool, but they are not fool proof.

It only took me a few hours of using one to learn I could not depend on it for 100% accuracy.

I try to know about where I am going before I start a trip. If there is a conflict between where I think I should go and where the GPS directs me to go, I follow my instincts.


38 posted on 06/20/2013 1:04:33 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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To: matt04

...RECALUCATING !!


39 posted on 06/20/2013 1:06:15 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: matt04

I remember a guy who was so drunk, he drove onto the RR tracks in a town close to where I grew up. It was after a beer and BBQ wedding. He did find a way to get it off before the next freight train came down the tracks.

I have never used a GPS and have yet to get lost. Of course, almost 40 years of reading strip maps in the military is a big plus. I know several people - wife included - who have no sense of direction. I can tell her to turn north or south on US or TX road and she asks “Do I have to turn left or right?”


40 posted on 06/20/2013 1:06:33 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: matt04

Moron.


41 posted on 06/20/2013 1:10:44 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: matt04

Obviously a Democrat....and even more obvious will be the Lawsuit against the maker of the GPS for failure to warn the dumbass that traffic doesn’t know she’s following instructions, and paying no attention to driving.


42 posted on 06/20/2013 1:42:06 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: njslim

I saw a Mexican girl pull up and stop on the RR tracks right in front of a slow moving train. Train was maybe 50 yards away.

The train hit her truck and pushed it maybe 100yds down the tracks.

She wasn’t hurt but she went absolutely nuts screaming at the trains engineer that he should have stopped the train.


43 posted on 06/20/2013 1:43:44 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: matt04

And if the GPS told her to jump off a cliff...


44 posted on 06/20/2013 1:47:47 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: CIB-173RDABN
GPS devices are a great tool, but they are not fool proof.

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

― Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

45 posted on 06/20/2013 1:50:39 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: matt04

Not so hard to do.

It was night, obviously in an unfamiliar area (hence the GPS), etc. If the tracks are close to the road, your headlights might not illuminate them until you were right on them.

Similar thing happened to me once. I turned left onto an entrance ramp for the interstate. Turns out, it was split to accept traffic from both directions, with an island in between. Didn’t even see the traffic island, though, because the intersection was unlit. I ended up driving right over the island. Never saw it until I was on it.

Fortunately, I was in my high clearance 4x4, and not the wife’s low-slung European sedan...

I’ve also crossed railroad tracks in a 4x4 (not at a crossing). It can be tricky, even with four wheel drive engaged and plenty of ground clearance. A standard rail is over 6.5 inches in height, more than many common minivans on this list:

http://db.theautochannel.com/db/newcarbuyersguide/rank_car_criteria.php?stylename=Minivan&titleid=326

If you’re in a minivan, it would be easy to get hung up.


46 posted on 06/20/2013 2:01:53 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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