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2012-04-03 at 08:29

Man survives brush with train

By Leith Dunick, TB Newswatch
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A man is lucky to be alive, police say, after a near miss with a train early Tuesday.

According to the Thunder Bay Police Service, the man passed out between the tracks near Simpson and Hardisty streets and only awoke as a 70-metre train rolled over him, just 10 centimetres separating him from near certain tragedy.

The man managed to crawl away to safety and was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to be checked out, but had no visible injuries.

Police warn the public to stay off the train tracks.

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unknowncronic says:
Glad he is still in 1 piece!
4/3/2012 10:44:31 AM
Sui Generis says:
Near miss? Shouldn't it be called "near HIT" ?
4/3/2012 10:59:26 AM
tbaykatrina says:
the english language isn't perfect. The term "near miss" means an unplanned event that DID NOT result in injury, although it had the potential to do opposed to nearly being hit which is a more succinct description of these events.
4/3/2012 1:11:34 PM
Sui Generis says:
I was making a sarcastic reference to Carlin's skit, as TBDR noticed below, and the ridiculousness of the phrase versus it's definition. I'm well aware of the bastardization of the English language.
4/3/2012 5:08:34 PM
tbaykatrina says:
My apologies Sui, I wasn't sure it was sarcasm, as opposed to a simple misunderstanding of the verbage. There are too many people who post on this site who seem less than astute about the full grasp of the english language.
4/4/2012 9:11:08 AM
TBDR says:
In the words of George Carlin... "A collision is a near miss... Hey look (at those two planes)... they nearly missed... yep, but not quite"
4/3/2012 3:14:40 PM
sandstorm says:
yeah there's no "social issues" in this city...
4/3/2012 11:40:27 AM
dopedoctor says:
I always see alot of people near the train tracks, one time i was getting baked under the bridge with friends, then i seen a few men sleeping near the train tracks. If we really have securitys on the train tracks, than we don't they see the people? or report it?
4/3/2012 11:59:20 AM
digdug76 says:
Dopedoctor, I doubt you "seen" anything. Maybe lay off the pipe for a while.

Check out the amount of police, ambulance, fire calls over this week. Think there's a direct correlation to the fact that it was the 1st of the month recently?

What an embarrassment and disgrace.
4/3/2012 1:24:02 PM
Sui Generis says:
Judging by your spelling, grammar and punctuation, you should probably spend less time getting baked with friends and more time paying attention during school.

Not a great representation for the legalization movement. *sigh*
4/3/2012 5:10:16 PM
lemmiwinks says:
yes, the big issue here is the public going on the train tracks..

4/3/2012 1:12:01 PM
Lynne Sharman says:
I find it hard to believe that the 19 year old young man laid down between the tracks -- it makes me think that somebody placed him there when he passed out. Were there any witnesses in the area?
4/3/2012 1:25:02 PM
Random says:
Believe it. Just another drunk zombie this city seems to collect.
If he was placed there, dontcha think he might have been laid across the tracks rather then between them?
I'm surprised this doesn't happen every other weekend here.
4/3/2012 6:13:02 PM
nopatience4stupidity says:
So we've had a passed out person hit on Memorial by a car and now one nearly hit by a train. I guess that leaves the airport to complete the trifecta. My sarcasm notwithstanding, this evidence of alcohol/substance abuse is a sad, sad trend and far too common occurrence. A visit to the Emergency room on a busy night has hallways filled with stretchers clearly illustrating the results of this problem.
4/3/2012 1:31:20 PM
ring of fire dude says:
The Emergency Room is going to be the new "Entertainment District" don't you know .
4/3/2012 7:06:42 PM
Juno999 says:
BAHAHAHAA! DigDug76-Took the words out of my mouth.
4/3/2012 1:46:19 PM
imchino says:
So are they gonna charge the driver? they did w/ the moron that got run over sleeping on the street, lol.
Sleep on roads/track, and get run over....Simple.
4/3/2012 1:48:11 PM
tbaykatrina says:
While I agree totally with the point you are trying to make, the difference is railway tracks are "private property" and roads are public. Therefore the driver of a vehicle can be charged for hitting a person sleeping in the middle of the street, where as the same moron can sleep on rail tracks and the train operator is not responsible.

Perhaps the solution being all road ways are considered "private" and only accessbile for those licensed to use them (would ensure that bicyclists would need licenses too) and only certain sections (ie: cross walks) are considered public and the previous rule apply. Therefor as a pedestrian, you cross the street (or have a nap as the case may be) at your own peril!
4/3/2012 2:32:30 PM
olive garden says:
wow that is a close call , at least he got his wake up call .
4/3/2012 2:34:50 PM
taralee8601 says:
to dopedoctor ........good job posting you get baked !!! like no one cares that you do drugs its not cool but thats your choice that you do them good for you are you proud u just posted this for all of the city to see.....LOSER
4/3/2012 2:35:22 PM
youngintbay says:
Who cares how the article was written. This is a problem in the city people "passing out" yeah right. Yeah he passed out alright probably from being drunk. Disgusting. I see "people passed out all over this city and when you show out of towners around and you see this its embarressing.
4/3/2012 3:39:29 PM
young&concerned says:
I'm sure this individual made it to work this morning and was sharing his near death experience with all his co-workers!
4/3/2012 5:46:47 PM
Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo says:
@digdug76: Of all the "calls over the weekend" here in Thunder Bay,
how many calls were regarding marihuana?
not too many compared to ALCOHOL OR the real hard drugs!

Keep smokin da weed dopedoctor...
Smoking marihuana its way safer & better than doing heroin, or cocaine or even drinking alcohol!

& @ Sui Generis: your remark on dopedr's spelling means he forgot to spell check.
Typical Thunder Bay sarcasm...once you mention weed, your automatically bashed...
Pretty easy to tell who likes to drink alcohol instead of smoking pot.
Regardless, pot should be legal in Canada soon prepared!
4/3/2012 11:25:37 PM
digdug76 says:
Joey I wasn't knocking marijuana, I'm actually in support of the legalization/decriminalization! I'm just saying when someone has horrible grammar and spelling and is promoting the legalization, it doesn't look good!

My whole point was that the number of EMS/Police calls definitely has a direct correlation to the fact that it was the first of the month recently, and we all know what is given out at the beginning of the month!

...and by the way Joey, the word is "you're", not "your"....let's at least attempt to look intelligent if we're going to push for the legalization. People already do enough bashing of supporters like you and I, let's not give them any more reasons.
4/4/2012 8:33:11 AM
anvil of crom says:
4/4/2012 12:16:38 AM
stuck? says:
I thought this article was about a man who passed out on the train tracks? Not about somebody's dope habits.

And because we're horribly off topic I might as well add to it.

The correlation between spelling/grammar and marijuana use means absolutely nothing. People who are straight edge have horrible grammar.

We're not being graded or turning in assignments here people; this is the interweb. Leave the grammar issues to school and the workplace.

Now, I wonder why this person was laying in the tracks in the first place? Was this the same person who was laying in the road on Memorial too?
4/4/2012 11:54:34 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Liquor saves another life.
4/4/2012 12:36:00 PM
tbaycommenter says:
This is the second person who has almost been killed from being drunk in public and passing out in a dangerous area....first the guy who passed out drunk on Memorial and now this guy passing out on the tracks....I'm surprised he managed to pass out on the tracks in such a way that he did not get it.
4/4/2012 3:21:28 PM
eddylives says:
When I was little I fell down the steps and hit my head on the record player but I'm ok now..ok now..ok now..ok now..

I swear some seem to have suffered this in this city.
4/4/2012 3:34:18 PM
shesdopexo says:
HAHAHAHA! poor guy.. what the hell was he doing there anyways? lmao.
4/4/2012 8:41:41 PM
TBayGuitard says:
Marijuana is the gateway drug that opens the door to the drug culture. Dealers push harder drugs on their customers to get that higher priced high they want/need...and and a lot of those customers end up "sleeping on the tracks" of life.
I am definitely not pro-pot but legalization of marijuana may help eliminate some bad drug dealers...but dealers will always exist as long as there is a market and they'll adapt. It's truly sad that such a market exists...enslaved to a horrible life-sucking addiction.
As for spelling and grammar, you bet you're being graded. All we have here to go on is the written word. I think everybody to some extent grades, judges, and values intelligence by the way one uses their written communication skills. Ultimately everyone is judged on how they express themselves...on the "interweb" or elsewhere.
Have a nice day Thunder Bay.
4/4/2012 10:01:45 PM
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