Thursday, November 15, 2007

Just being silly.....

A Union Pacific engineer spotted her at approximately 8:20 pm, Sunday November 11 2007. It appeared to him that the woman on the tracks was waving him down.

Deborah Thompson, 54, of Live Oak WI was on the train tracks that evening and while it looked like she tried to get out of the way in time, she evidently was too slow. The train clipped her on the tracks just south of Marysville and knocked her 20-30 feet off the tracks east of Garden Ave according to a Yuba Sheriff's department official.

She was concious and talking when she was found and Thonpson did admit drinking a bottle of whiskey before the accident. Officials stated that she had no real reason for trying to flag down the train as it approached and quite possibly she was just "being silly" as she claimed.

"There was no indication she was trying to kill herself. She thought she could move faster than the train," stated Sgt Phil Spadini.

Thompson suffered head injuries and a fractured femur and was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where she is listed as being in critical condition. Unfortunately it seems, Thompson has once again proven that alcohol can be a painful way of being silly, especially when it involves a train.

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