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slow car, fast train

slow car, fast train

This photo was maybe taken by Loleta, Calif in Humboldt County. The car appears to have gotten tangled up with a train. Looks like early thirties Ford. Photographer unknown.

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I hope the driver was parking there.

Otherwise, there probably wasn't much left of him. An uncle of my grandfather's was driving with his wife and baby son on a Sunday in 1925, when they were hit by a train. The car was torn in two and they were all killed instantly. I wondered, for decades, how he would have managed to drive his family in front of a train. We eventually got a copy of a newspaper article about the wreck, which explained what happened. It was a used car he'd recently bought. When he saw the train, he decided to stop and wait for it to go by. However, when he stepped on the break pedal, the breaks locked and the car kept going, right in front of the train. Such a terrible tragedy.

you can't park here

Probably looking at what is left of the driver.....I was an engineer so I know that look.

You can't park here.

I wonder if they're all looking at the other half of the car. Or the driver.

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