Thursday, February 23, 2017

Apparent suicide by train in Leucadia last night

Patch:
A woman was fatally struck by a freight train when she ran onto the tracks in Encinitas, authorities said Thursday.

The victim dashed into the path of a BNSF train headed south at about 50 miles per hour in the vicinity of North Coast Highway 101 and Diana Street for unknown reasons around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff's Deputy Jason Burk said.

27 comments:

  1. That makes the average for deaths by train in Encinitas a bit more than one per year in 17 years.

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    1. 12:44 sir- I believe you're pulling numbers from your hinder. The average over the past 5 years is, in North County more like one a month. Just last week, a guy laid down on the rails in Oside. There is no need to hide the fact that we have some very distressed neighbors.

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    2. 8:20 Note that 12:44's post says "in Encinitas." There have been 18 fatalities by train in 17 years. The numbers result from deep Googling and compiling. They are accurate.

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    3. 6:46 - the 17 year time frame is canoodling. How many trackside suicides have there been in Encinitas in the past 5 years? That is a more relevant statistic. I guess that it is far from 1 per year.

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    4. In 17 years, there have been 18 deaths by train in Encinitas. Many of those 18 were suicides. Those are the well-researched, accurate facts. If you have alternative facts, show them.

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    5. Why stop at 17? I bet the annual number is much lower if you average over 50, 100, or 500 years.

      The point is, it's the current conditions that are a concern. If you plot the trend over those 17 years, you'd see a pretty dramatic increase in frequency over time. If we project that acceleration curve into the future, at some point it becomes clear that the tracks need to be separated from people either by trenching or by fencing.

      The ostrich strategy won't work much longer. If we don't start planning, we'll get a big fat ugly fence cutting the town in half, and many people won't be able to sell their house with the expensive bullet point: "walk to beach."

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    6. 6:33

      If there were fewer people and or fewer trains, of course there would be fewer deaths by train.

      Not sure what your obsessive problem is.

      The point of finding out how many deaths by train there have been in any number of years is to demonstrate how deadly dangerous it is to have trains running at grade through a populated area. The purpose is to use the statistic and others to get the tracks trenched.

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    7. 11:08 - please share the source of your "research" and "facts" .
      Methinks you're a parrot.

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    8. Post your findings when you've spent more than two hours Googling to find published reports of deaths by train in Encinitas going back to 1990. That's 27 years but for some reason there's a 10-year gap in the record. In the 17 remaining years, there have been 18 deaths.

      If you do your homework and find different information, let us know.

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  2. Trench the tracks.

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  3. Trench and Cover them.

    A simple solution to many of our problems with this publicly owned railroad line separating our city into pieces.

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  4. Somehow we have to impress upon council to stop wasting $millions on piecemeal projects like tunneling and lower and cover the tracks through Leucadia, as Catherine recently suggested. This should be the first step.

    If the off the rails group agree, we can support trenching and covering through their part of the corridor too. They are admirably effective in organizing.

    Tasha will be hard to satisfy, as she sees the school tunneling at Paul Ecke her baby.

    The greater good couldn't be more obvious. If the pushers of streetscam could pull their heads out of the ground, their input could be advantageous in helping this community realize a common shared goal with the vast majority that are not buying into their vision for our 101 with the all stupid roundabouts.

    We can have a powerful union with the current disparate parties, if, egos are allowed to submit to the greater good. Profit motives, short and long range are troublesome for the pushers. A little magnamity on their part would be a breath of fresh air.

    Have at it.

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    1. The streetscape will never be built, the tracks will never be trenched. H101 through Leucadia will always be a shithole and the train will continue to kill.
      The truth hurts, but the train kills.

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  5. Why does Tasha take credit for the school tunneling at Paul Ecke. The prior council approved this way before she enter politics? I understand that she likes to lie a bit.

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    1. She was part of a group of parents who pushed council for improvements to traffic and pedestrian safety.

      Without the group pushing Council and suggesting specific solutions, it's unlikely Council would have acted.

      After she demonstrated an ability to get things done, people encouraged her to run for office.

      I'm glad she was able to successfully lobby for positive changes to infrastructure near Paul Ecke Central. I'm also glad she's now serving the wider community.

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    2. Thanks for the post, BH.

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    3. No, thank YOU, DA.

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    4. 6:24am. Selfless giving for the greater good. Now you don't have to look up magnanimous. The streetscam pushers could use some of this, instead of the profit motive for changes to our 101 that the vast majority do not want.

      A little of such intention could go a long way to making parts of this plan acceptable to the residents and the businesses along the corridor. As it stands now, they are severely lacking in having most of this community aligning with them.

      This afternoon around 2pm or so, the slow crawl south was back to Just Peachy when I stopped there for an item. The fifteen minutes it took to go a half mile, had me imagining how much worse it will be when there are 5 or 6 roundabouts north of Just Peachy. Peachy it will not be, unless streetscam changes the stupid roundabouts. And this is with two lanes. A single lane south bound!!!!!! How they be so blind to the reality of what they are proposing?

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    5. 3:57- " Selfless giving for the greater good"?? Have you planted so much as 1 flower along the 101?? Anywhere on the 101?? Or are one of those that secretly enjoys watch the landscape goons pull, crush, kill ever green shoot in the medians??

      Keep it Crappy Stupid.

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    6. 7:31, you are the dumbest shit on the planet.

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    7. 3:57,

      Magnamity has no definition, because it's not a word.

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    8. It's helpful to point out that the adjective is magnanimous and the noun is magnanimity. Vocabulary and spelling actually do count.

      But not if you're Precedent Trump.

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  6. How about instead of trenching, we spend the money on community services and suicide prevention?

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    1. Because trenching has other huge benefits that will last forever: eliminate the extremely disturbing horn and rail noise that will double when the tracks and train traffic on them double, eliminate automobile congestion at the four grade crossings, raise property values and increase visitor appeal because the foregoing are gone, allow easy ped and bike east-west crossing on ramps atop the trench.

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  7. 9:46am. Many thanks. Spell check sometimes misses the mark. It does matter. Thanks.

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  8. Carlsbad wants their trains below grade in 6 years, Encinitas sits on their hands...

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