Skip to comments.GPS Leads Woman Onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed
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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You should follow orders without question.
A nation of technology dependent morons.
Oh, yeah “The GPS did it”. I bet.
A. She was talking on her cell phone.
B. She was texting.
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
Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks. Really. Suicide attempt.
A Low Information Voter following the direction of “Superior” intellect. No surprise here.
Something smells very fishy about that story.
Suspicions of her being an Obama voter...arise from the depths.
I forgot ALSO paid by the evil white mn that invented the GPS device and built the satellites too.
Too dumb for words.
I’d like to see a photo of the woman to confirm my suspicions...
I predict a lawsuit against the GPS manufacturer.
Bet she votes Rat.
She was too busy texting on her cellphone.
Only time a government mandated safety device deployed correctly!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUHAHAHAHA
“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.
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.
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.
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
“GPS told me to turn down this street...”
Was charged with ignoring a traffic device.......
Smoke from the crack pipe is caustic when it come into contact with printed circuitry.
(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.)
Was that the GPS model that was on sale for half price?
Well... it was getting dark...
I’m sure she is hoping that the GPS unit was destroyed so that there is no conflicting evidence.
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????
Hard to believe she got “stuck”.
Check out the crossing in this video -
I smell bullsh!t.
I’ve heard of Obama-phones, but Obama-gps is news to me...
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.”
Map reading is a lost art.
You can’t train stupid.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
And if the GPS told her to jump off a cliff...
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
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:
If you’re in a minivan, it would be easy to get hung up.