- I have a piece of sad news out of San Diego. Dawson
Light Rail News
Boy, 5, on life support after trolley hits car
By Leonel Sanchez and Amy Oakes
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 2, 2001
A 5-year-old boy and his mother, were seriously injured yesterday. The boy
was on life support at Children's Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.
The 5-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries in La Mesa after his
24-year-old mother drove her Kia around a flashing railroad sign and into
the path of a San Diego trolley about 2:30 p.m. Monday, La Mesa police said.
It took an hour to pull them from the wreckage.
The woman, identified by police at Rachael Roberson, was hospitalized with
fractures to her pelvis, ankle and tailbone and other injuries. Police said
she will face criminal charges.
The accident occurred at the intersection of High and Grove streets. Police
said the trolley driver sounded the horn and put on the brakes before
striking the car on the driver's side. The car was pushed more than 100
yards before the trolley was able to stop.
The unidentified woman's 13-month-old daughter was in the car but was not
- Yes. This is sad. And I know that this is an argument for grade
BUT, "drove her Kia around a flashing railroad sign and into the (trains')
This is news for the "Darwin awards". Not news that pro-transit folks
should be spreading.
Anti-rail folks use these incidents as reasoning for not having rail,
ignoring the obvious fact that if the driver (or ped) had followed the
clear warning of the lights & barriers, & the law, there would be no crash.
It is somehow the trains' fault that the person broke the law & endangered
themselves & others. The result would be the same if they tried to cross a
And speaking of freeways, these news bits never mention the hundreds killed
every day on the roads. This is just ridiculous!
Sorry to rant. Dawson, I do enjoy your posts, you just hit a nerve with
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Ronald Dawson" <rdadddmd@...>
Subject: [carfree_cities] Tragic News
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 14:36:24 -0500
I have a piece of sad news out of San Diego. Dawson
Light Rail News
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- Mark Watson wrote:
>Yes. This is sad. And I know that this is an argument for gradeOr at least for quad gates, like that are used in Europe.
>BUT, "drove her Kia around a flashing railroad sign and into the (trains')Yeah, but she is one of the few "Darwin award" candidates that survives
>This is news for the "Darwin awards". Not news that pro-transit folks
>should be spreading.
their nomination. The really sad thing was that she brought children along
>Anti-rail folks use these incidents as reasoning for not having rail,Common sense ain't that common.
>ignoring the obvious fact that if the driver (or ped) had followed the
>clear warning of the lights & barriers, & the law, there would be no crash.
>It is somehow the trains' fault that the person broke the law & endangeredIt's kind of like people that tried to cross the Berlin wall (when it was
>themselves & others. The result would be the same if they tried to cross a
active), but with the Berlin wall people were dodging bullets instead of
>And speaking of freeways, these news bits never mention the hundreds killedSpeaking of freeways, take a look at what is happening in Texas. (The funny
>every day on the roads. This is just ridiculous!
thing about this is that it reminds me of the Hwy.417 through Ottawa.)
RailAmerica To Receive New 13.5-Mile Rail Line Will Complete $33 Million
Texas Rail Relocation Project
Will Complete $33 Million Texas Rail Relocation Project
BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- RailAmerica, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAIL),
the world's largest short line and regional railroad operator, today
announced that, as part of the June 2000 rail corridor sale by its West
Texas & Lubbock Railroad (WTLR) to the State of Texas and City of Lubbock,
it will be receiving a newly built 13.5-mile rail line, including land,
track and related assets. The State of Texas and City of Lubbock have
committed to construct the new rail line at a cost of approximately $24
million and convey it to WTLR upon completion in late 2001.
As previously announced in June of this year, WTLR sold a 6.5-mile rail
corridor to the State of Texas and City of Lubbock for approximately $9.3
million cash. This 6.5-mile rail corridor, located in Lubbock, Texas, will
be used by the State of Texas in the construction of the new East-West
freeway that will connect downtown Lubbock and Texas Tech University to the
outer beltway. As a part of the transaction, WTLR retained the right to use
the existing rail line on this corridor for railroad operating purposes
until the new line is opened.
"The conveyance of this new rail line will complete the Lubbock track sale
and relocation project, which included cash proceeds to RailAmerica and
expenditures by the State and City totaling approximately $33 million," said
Gary O. Marino, Chairman, President & CEO of RailAmerica. "We anticipate
that WTLR will become a more efficient and profitable railroad as this new
rail corridor has the potential to reach a greater number of rail shippers
in the region. This transaction also demonstrates how cooperation between
the public and private sectors works to enhance the entire community.
Including the value of this transaction, RailAmerica's non-core asset
rationalization program has generated approximately $100 million in sales
and transactions this year."
SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc.
CONTACT: Wayne A. August, Assistant Vice President Investor Relations,
RailAmerica, Inc., 561-994-6015
Web site: http://www.railamerica.com (RAIL)
>Sorry to rant. Dawson, I do enjoy your posts, you just hit a nerve withThank you, I hope to stimulate more discussions in the 21st century. Dawson