Darwin Award candidates. This is NOT going to end well. They got away with it this time. But what happens if they chain themselves to the track and the railroad DOESN’T get warned it’s not going to end well. Here’s a video example why.
I’ve posted before about rail safety.
Not playing around on the track goes especially for members of the press who are covering these clowns A train can appear on any track at any time, in any direction.
Train tracks are not a playground.
The fact is that these clowns are putting many people at risk, some who may be as far away as Idaho. See, once on train is forced to stop on the mainline the other trains behind also have to stop, all the way back as far hundreds of miles. And once things start to grind to a halt the various people have to start workarounds and deal with things like blocked grade crossings and potentially with careless people and workers. It also means that crews will be kept on duty longer, get fatigued and make mistakes. And once the traffic snarl starts, it can take hours to get things going again and cooperative actions of people as far away as Chicago. This protest is not a small deal. While BNSF won’t sue, they should hold the people responsible for this with the full costs of what they did. Frankly a couple of million or so lawsuit might be instructive to these people and keep them off the tracks before they do it again and somebody gets hurt.
Five people were arrested back in September 2014 for blocking railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern/ Santa Fe Railway Yard after tying themselves to a tripod of poles erected over the railroad tracks to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.
Two women and three men refused to leave the over eight hour protest were taken to the Snohomish County Jail, just up the road a ways, and were expected to be charged with trespassing.
Railroad police arrived after the protest started about 6 a.m. and asked the protester to leave. Eight left peacefully at noon. The five locked with cables to the tripod refused. A woman was perched on top about 20′ up and others were locked to the 3 legs.
The Rising Tide protesters…
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