18 Dec 2008

Woman Stuck on Railroad Tracks Dials 911 Instead of Running

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This is a pretty shocking story:

Police say a woman who died after her car was struck by a freight train in Anaheim was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher in the moments before the crash.

Police said Tuesday that 68-year-old Linda Kruger-Small told the dispatcher her car was stuck on the railroad tracks and she was urged to get out. The train collided with her car Monday night on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks.

Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez says the dispatcher heard someone trying to help her before the line went dead.

The right-wing talk radio show I listen to in the morning (when driving my son to school) was making a big deal about this, saying it was a metaphor for American society. I.e. there is an economic freight train headed for us, and nobody wants to save himself but instead wants the government to swoop in and rescue him (her).

I admit it’s hard to fathom why someone would dial 911 in that situation, but the fact that she was 68 and someone was there trying to help her are details they didn’t mention on the radio. Presumably the lady panicked and years of PSA habituation made her dial 911.

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