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BANGKOK 18 June 2019 17:36
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Grandmother and grandson flee for their lives as train smashes pick-up at "faulty" crossing

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Is it possible she didn’t pay attention to the lights and thus got stuck between the arms?

 

similar to red light runners.....what red  light? It is so common that the drivers block out the stimuli even though the signals are operating....

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how many times have we seen cars/bikes cleaned up by trains with the drivers claiming they never saw the train, the lights or heard the warning bells. Many thai drivers(from what I have witnessed over many years) have the habit of not giving way/stopping for the lights/ taking in warnings because they dont like to stop or give way, good chance she saw and heard the bells but didnt want to stop so tried to beat the gates but failed then panicked and did a runner, will be interesting to see the results of testing the gates etc

 

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13 hours ago, fxe1200 said:

9.81 m/sec2

That would be acceleration of gravity and not it's speed or the acceleration it will likely fall at. The barriers often have counter weights that would slow it down, but make it easier to lift back up.

 

One would have to figure out the forces on each side of the fulcrum.

 

An interesting note... If there was no counter weight (assuming minimal friction) the end of the barrier would actually accelerate faster than 9.81 m/s^2. 

You can watch some videos, it's interesting to see once... It's called the falling chimney experiment.

 

Edit: typo

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13 hours ago, Liverpudlian said:

Was having mad sex on a train track once, train screetched to a stop and driver starts ranting WTFK ?? i replied well, she was cumming i was cumming and your the one with the brakes mate 🤣

I remember telling that one at school, and that was over 50 years ago!!!😛

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12 hours ago, KMartinHandyman said:


Are you my father? He’s the only other person I know who quotes the speed of a free falling object in a vacuum.

Actually, the formula is 1/2at2. This is a free falling object. Over short distances one can ignore friction of the air (but important for sky diving ha!). 'a' = 9.8 (m) 't'= time(secs). So at the end of the first second the object falls about 4.9 meters. I though level crossing barriers were power supported...am I wrong?

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That Bangkok-SuratThani Sprinter is getting a "killer" reputation. It's the third or fourth such accident in a short time. I have the same type of crossing just 500m from my house. Occasionally the barrier is broken, but fortunately it's in the down position. That doesn't stop Thais going around it as the barrier covers only half of the road, but I prefer to back out and take another road out. The Sprinter is "fast", normally going at 100kph and not slowing down for the crossings, but signalling all the time. Generally it's mostly cows grazing around the tracks that get killed.

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What the heck was the distance between the two barriers. 4 kilometers?

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On 4/29/2019 at 7:01 PM, bkkgriz said:

Physics

No, just ignorants confusing acceleration with speed.

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On ‎4‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 12:40 AM, Vacuum said:

What's that?

sec2 is reference to acceleration.  feet per second per second or the acceleration due to gravity of about 9.81 meters/sec/sec. Every second, the speed increases by 9.81 meters per second, ergo 9.81 m/sec^2

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On ‎4‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 6:48 PM, elgenon said:

What the heck was the distance between the two barriers. 4 kilometers?

Yeah, it does seem like an odd accident, especially given the way so many Thais drive around, over and through crossings.  With a little luck there is a dash camera on the train and it will show what happened

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On 4/29/2019 at 3:06 PM, seajae said:

they dont like to stop or give way

Funny thing is when they're walking, they do.

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Seriously, are we still mangling this no-brainer? You approach a train crossing, barriers or not, you slow down, look, listen.... but maybe it's just too much for the local people. I know they are still scared shitless of ghosts of people killed in the past at my local crossing.... At night, I always lower the windows and slow down, barriers or not..

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I suspect karma is closing in on grandma and will try harder next time.

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