Posted on July 16th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
Listening to earphones while riding a bicycle across train tracks seems to be the cause of the death of a 32 year-old Utah man according to officials. While the train intersection was in the middle of a downtown area and the train was thought to only be traveling at approximately 25 mph, the bicyclist never seemed to see or hear the train lights or sirens as he crossed the tracks. Even though the train conductor utilized the emergency brakes, the man was still carried almost 100 feet down the tracks after the initial train collision. Trains traveling even at a rate of 25 to 30 miles an hour have a great deal of inertia and cannot stop very quickly. Seemingly, the young man was lost in his thoughts or the music and failed to hear the multiple train whistle blows. Safety experts caution using earphones while operating any type of moving vehicle and say it can be perilous as a pedestrian as well if traveling on busy sidewalks or streets. Serious and even fatal injuries can occur when distracted by earphones or loud music. And how many of us are guilty of using headphones while driving or running on busy streets every day?
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