Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Canada: Tourist Killed by Train While Wearing Audio Headphones

A Chilean tourist, 27, has become the latest in a recent string of people struck and killed by trains while wearing headphones. The RCMP reported that the death occurred yesterday (February 21) after being hit by a Canadian Pacific Railway train in Banff.

COMMENT: I have been cautioning travelers for months, particularly when abroad and in areas where they may be at risk of being harmed to killed when wearing audio headphones. Texting is also a dangerous activity in this regard.

Wearing headphones and texting also diminishes the ability of wearers to protect themselves from being victimized by criminals.

Just last week, two other people died after being hit by trains, one near Leduc and the other in Ontario and it's believed they may have been distracted by texting and listening to music on headphones.

The train crew did everything possible to try and stop the train from hitting the man by sounding off the bells and whistles and flashing their lights.

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