Long Lonesome Train
2002 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed by Darwin
Confirmed by Darwin
(2 August 2002, Kansas) Death by train is almost too common to merit a Darwin Award. Very few people are unable to grasp these three important facts about trains: 1) Trains cannot stop quickly. 2) Trains cannot swerve. 3) In any collision, the train always wins.
Nevertheless, Jackie Chambers, a43-year-old Olathe man, managed to be struck and killed by a train after his vehicle broke down on Interstate 35. His attempts to repair his 'sloppy jalopy' had failed, so he stepped away from the busy freeway to call for help. As luck would have it, he chose to stand on the train tracks paralleling the road.
Submitted by: Sharol
Reference: Kansas City Star & TV news
Music + Trains = Bad Mix Tape
(3 November 2006, Michigan) FACT: In a collision the great mass of a Train guarantees the Train will win. Forgetting this Captain Obvious Law Of Physics, a 20-year old man was walking down the railroad tracks in Comstock Township near Kalamazoo. This, in and of itself, is not even close to Darwinian stupidity because trains are loud. They announce their approach from a distance, giving pedestrians ample time to clear their path. However our Darwin contender stacked the odds in the train's favor by wearing headphones with the music turned up loud. Louder than the train's whistle, apparently.
The news report didn't mention what song he was listening to, may have been 'Slow Train Coming' by Dylan. Despite several loud blasts of the horn by the train engineer, our Darwin contender kept strolling down the rails in a musical reverie until the Amtrak train offered him an alternative Greatest Hits smash—removing him from the gene pool in one quick blow.
Reference: Kalamazoo Gazette
Historic August 2002 #DarwinAward Kansas: A disabled sloppy-jalopy driver calls for tow awhile walking along the RR Tracks parallel to I-35. Focused intently on the device (as one does) he is oblivious to the frantic whistle of the oncoming locomotive... https://t.co/2nlHTiW1ni— Darwin Award for Human Species (@DarwinAwards) August 13, 2022
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