The yellow safety line exists precisely so that idiots like Senator Blumenthal (D, Connecticut) might – I repeat, might – have a fighting chance of surviving the sudden appearance of a fast-moving train.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal learned you should probably practice what you preach when he was nearly hit by a train during a commuter safety press conference Sunday.
As you can see, Senator Dumbass here apparently decided that the nice, yellow line was a perfect place to him and his easel to stand, while – and this is where the epic idiocy comes in – having his freaking back to any oncoming trains that might show up. The man is very, very lucky to not have been leaning backwards at just the wrong moment when the train showed up; as it is, the engineer of that train was probably scared out of a year’s growth. Two when said engineer found out that he was nearly the agent of a US Senator’s auto-darwination.
Put even more plainly: trains are not toys, and they cannot dodge you. So PAY ATTENTION TO THE DAMN YELLOW LINES. THEY ARE THERE FOR A REASON.
— Ryan Williams (@RyanGOP) April 21, 2014
PS: Father and grandfather were both railroad men. Do you have any idea just how easily a train can kill or mutilate a man? – Because if you don’t, do yourself a favor and don’t Google it. Suffice it to say that when it comes to gruesome morality fables, old-school German fairy tales have nothing on the operational history of the Chessie System.