Two teens wearing headphones killed on rail tracks in Ont., Alta.


Two teenagers were struck by freight trains in Ontario and Alberta on Monday in horrific accidents just hours apart. According to police, a 16-year-old boy was hit by a train as he crossed a rail line in Oshawa, Ont. while texting and listening to music on headphones. He was airlifted to a Toronto hospital, but later died of his injuries. He has not been identified. Hours later, Daniel Michael McPherson, a 19-year-old high-school student, was struck and killed by a freight train in Leduc, Alta., south of Edmonton, while walking between the rails. He was also reportedly wearing headphones, the RCMP said.  Serious injuries to pedestrians wearing headphones have more than tripled since 2004, according to a recent study by the University of Maryland. According to the research, three quarters of these accidents are fatal, and the victims almost always male teenagers.

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Two teens wearing headphones killed on rail tracks in Ont., Alta.

  1. The only surprise is that it hasn’t been more common.

  2. Dawinism at work.

  3. Correction
    Darwinism at work.
    Both are in the running for the Darwin Award

  4. This issue has been around for a while, even more frightening when you add in the number of people driving while unable to hear due to headphones and earphones.
    I could be mistaken but I believe in the 70s driving with headphones was considered illegal, something regarding ‘undue care and attention’ being applicable. Solving the issue with pedestrians and cyclists is understandably more difficult.
    There is and will be no substitute for police on the street and in communities. Treating traffic laws as an income stream and leaving it to automated electronic after-the-fact enforcement shows nil benefit in study after study, despite the profits.

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