A terribly unfortunate train accident

April 23, 2016 7:10am CST
My father is closely associated with the Indian railways. He was called to investigate a very unfortunate incident. So two thieves were trying to steal the steel signal boards. The steel boards were dangerously close to the track. The thieves couldn't hear an approaching train until it had come very very close. They panicked and left the half unscrewed signal hanging and quickly jumped off the ladder. However, the board after some time gave away and fell down slicing a passengers arm at the shoulder. The passenger was a girl of 19 who was going to join her new college. Ever since, I have been having this unsettling, sort of depressing feeling that anything may change anytime and I couldn't help but imagine what it would have been like had I or any of my loved ones been there. What if the girl had not rested her arm at the window? What if the thieves had managed to steal the signal boards? The girl wouldn't have had the slightest apprehension of this happening and now she would have to live with it for the rest of her life, all because of one stroke of bad luck. It's scary what life can sometimes have in store for us..
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
23 Apr 16
Pity that the thieves' arms weren't sliced off.
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
23 Apr 16
The pity is, even if it had, it wouldn't make them any smarter or aware of the damage they could inflict on other people.
@IreneVincent (16025)
• United States
23 Apr 16
Reminds me of a scripture in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 9:11 " I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor, because time and UNFORESEEN OCCURANCE befall them all." The Living Bible explains it this way: "Again I looked throughout the earth and saw that the swiftest person does not always win the race, nor the strongest man the battle, and that wise men are often poor, and skillful men are not necessarily famous; but IT IS ALL BY CHANCE, by happening to be at the right place at the right time. A man never knows when he is going to run into bad luck. He is like a fish caught in a net, or a bird caught in a snare."
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24 Apr 16
This is indeed very true..
@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 16
What a horrible accident, it just shows how life can change in a moment. Poor girl.
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
23 Apr 16
I feel so sorry for the poor girl. I think the two thieves should pay for her medical bill, and they should kneel down and ask for forgiveness from the girl.
23 Apr 16
The saddest part is that the girl is going to receive barely 20% of her medical charges as compensation from the government. She hails from a very poor family and because she couldn't afford treatment in the expensive hospital that she was initially admitted to, they have now moved her to a local hospital thats not half as good. Just terrible!!
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
23 Apr 16
@Curlybobby That is why they should punish the two thieves, and make them pay for it. I hope that someone will help pay for the expensive medical cost of the girl. She sure needs the help.
24 Apr 16
@scheng1 The thieves are poor too!! So the government can punish them but not monetarily. The thieves under no circumstances can pay that kind of money.. The girl's treatment would suffer if they made the thieves pay. They're better locked up..
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@msiduri (5743)
• United States
23 Apr 16
How sad.