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Sometimes you come across a story that makes you say, "I get it... But I don't get it..." A computer consultant in a rental car recently showcased his unflagging trust in technology, and just barely lived to tell the story. Following the instructions the GPS was giving him -- religiously, in this case -- he was told to make a right turn... onto train tracks. And he did it.

We can't ever imagine a case in which making a right turn onto train tracks could be an acceptable course of action, no matter who's giving the command. Especially in light of some of the places our own GPS has tried to lead us. And not only did the driver make the turn onto the tracks, but he got stuck there -- just as a passenger train was coming. Not being known for their ability to stop on any amount of coinage, and in spite of the man's waving, the train plowed into the car in a "fiery crash."

No one was hurt in the crash -- the driver got out of the way in time. However, the 500 passengers who were stranded for hours probably wanted to do unkind things to him once they found out he was all right. Yet if he's not hurting now, the bill he gets from the rental car company might change that. Even if he checked the comprehensive option, we can't imagine that a train and 250 feet of damaged railroad tracks are covered in the rental company's Loss Damage Waiver.

Thanks for the tip, Brian!

[Source: MSNBC]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      The article isn't very well written. Did the guy turn right and proceed down the railroad tracks or did he just turn right to drive across railroad tracks? There's a difference.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was just reading about this on another site and it turns out that the accident was with a Metro-North train.

      So, I suppose it's appropriate that the train in this photo is a New Haven Line train (now also part of Metro-North RR).

      LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's happening again - but who will lead the Resistance against skynet?! And what of John Connor?

      Slowly, the technology is becoming more and more aware of itself and leading stupid humans to their ends.

      Maybe I am John Connor. Maybe you are. Who knows. Who cares? Bye bye.

      But seriously, it would have helped if he directions to where he was going BEFORE he stepped foot in his vehicle. Sheesh. Butt sheesh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL
      franknic
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is where idiotic warnings like "This coffee is Hot" come from. Those passengers should tar and feather him.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @franknic
        I'm not going to get into this argument again. So just STOP IT with the coffee reference. Do yourself a favor and read up on it. What you must be thinking happened is NOT what actually happened.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The article isn't very well written. Did the guy turn right and proceed down the railroad tracks or did he just turn right to drive across railroad tracks? There's a difference.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Clearly he also needs a train proximity alert system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing is idiot proof...Im more amazed by that old pic than the story. That old chevy panel truck held up pretty good!
        • 7 Years Ago
        That'll buff right out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nah... the engine is '40s art-deco in design for sure. It's a '51-'53 Chevy panel wagon. (Hard to tell with the front end all wiped out! Taillights look like '53 to me though.)
        • 7 Years Ago
        The train is a Fairbanks-Morse H16-44 locomotive from the late 1940s/early 1950s.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Fairbanks-Morse_locomotives
        • 7 Years Ago
        holy crap. someone else on here knew that was a F-M trainmaster locomotive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you make something "Idiot Proof," God makes better idiots!
      • 7 Years Ago
      i bet a million moron dude tries to sue somebody
      • 7 Years Ago
      honestly, how are people this stupid?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like kookr said, Didn't I see this on "The Office"?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Michael drove into a pond, but yeah, he was stubbornly and blindly following the GPS unit's directions.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL just like Michael Scott!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly, you beat me to it :D
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