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    Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing - BBC News

    I shall, if I may, forbear all comment until the BBC tells me what the tractor was doing on the level crossing in the first place. I'd not want to be gratuitously unfair, after all. When I'm being unfair I much prefer to have incontestable grounds first.
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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing - BBC News

    I shall, if I may, forbear all comment until the BBC tells me what the tractor was doing on the level crossing in the first place. I'd not want to be gratuitously unfair, after all. When I'm being unfair I much prefer to have incontestable grounds first.
    The Watton and Swaffham Times does not have much more detail :-

    Tractor driver seriously hurt in train crash at Roudham level crossing - 10 people injured - News - Watton and Swaffham Times

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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    The Watton and Swaffham Times is to be congratulated on a superb and focused bout of reporting, I doubt they often get an opportunity.

    The train driver's window frame seems disquietingly constructed of either fiberglass or cardboard, I had thought they used steel these days.
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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

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    Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing - BBC News

    I shall, if I may, forbear all comment until the BBC tells me what the tractor was doing on the level crossing in the first place. I'd not want to be gratuitously unfair, after all. When I'm being unfair I much prefer to have incontestable grounds first.
    Surely it would be for the railway operator and not the BBC to tell 'How' the tractor was on the crossing rather than 'What' it was doing on the crossing, the BBC could then report that news.
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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    Surely it would be for the railway operator and not the BBC to tell 'How' the tractor was on the crossing rather than 'What' it was doing on the crossing, the BBC could then report that news.
    I really think that no-one knows yet - whilst the driver is still being treated in hospital they'd all be guessing.

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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    Surely it would be for the railway operator and not the BBC to tell 'How' the tractor was on the crossing rather than 'What' it was doing on the crossing, the BBC could then report that news.
    I'd trust the railway operator to tell me, about as far as I'd trust the Metropolitan Police to explain how a chap they'd ambushed warranted a fusillade of bullets from their assigned executioner - the railway operator is almost, though possibly not quite, as biased and willing to brazenly lie their way out of it. Which doesn't mean I currently think it's their fault, just that I have no faith in their objective integrity.
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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    I hope I never get as cynical as you Spot.

    Following such incidents there is always a vacuum of information until such time the possible witness/victim statements are brought together, along with technical reports from the inspection of the mechanics involved, give it at least a few days.
    I suspect the tractor driver weaved onto the crossing via the offset barriers, as he had done many times before, only this time his luck ran out.
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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    I hope I never get as cynical as you Spot.
    If the railway operators copped to the occasional plea of corporate manslaughter rather than fight tooth and nail through every court in the land in a desperate knee-jerk attempt to exculpate their institutionally incompetent management then I might consider believing their press statements. The Metropolitan Police, on the other hand, will need completely replacing from top to bottom before we ever reach even that minimal level of honesty.
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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    I hope I never get as cynical as you Spot.
    is the cynicism reserved for that well known colmunist AA grumpy

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    Re: Man injured as train hits tractor at level crossing

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    The crossing in question sounds like an unmanned crossing of the type that Bruv mentioned. Probably a case of familiarity breeds contempt.
    There have been one or two incidents around the country, of people taking a chance at unmanned railway crossings and getting hit by trains.
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