Fellow tries to stop train from plowing into a limousine


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/04/fellow-tries-to-stop-train-fro.html


#2

That’s a really sturdy limo.


#3

Far sturdier than a school bus… https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/HAR0103.pdf


#4

I think it looked better after the train hit it.


#5

“I learned so much today.”


#6

But the hankie should have worked!


#7

I saw a Datsun B210 get hit by a freight train once, with the train doing ~ 20 mph (it was all full breaking for half a mile) The car just had its front right wheel hooked over the track, so the hit was oblique, but it sent the thing about 60-70’ down, 10’ high and 15’ out. Incredibly the woman in the car was largely unhurt.


#8

The impact undoubtedly left the limo passenger covered in Grey Poupon.


#9

Needs more petticoats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3zO0zm5FTU


#10

Incredibly traumatic for the driver. He doesn’t know the limo is empty.


#11

Yeah, surprisingly little damage, all things considered.


#12

sure if you were about 2 more miles up the track. it takes a long time to stop a big long freight train travelling at speed.


#13

I wouldn’t open the champagne bottles though.


#14

How to get rid of an unwanted stretch limousine.


#15

Worst. Senior prom. Ever.


#16

Are you kidding? I WISH my prom experience had involved a train.

Wait, that came out wrong.


#17

I’ve had dates like that…


#18

I wish the videographer did a lengthwise shot to show if it was bent.

Did this video make you grin?


#19

I feel like it wouldn’t be that hard to implement an obstacle detection system (paired with live video for verification) at train crossings that could give oncoming trains enough warning but I guess if they’re groaning about the cost of automatic speed limiters then I suppose something like that would be impossible.


#20

About the best use for a stretch limo I have seen.