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Mother's pain is lesson for us all
To the editor:
I live in Scott City and know trains stop on the tracks for exceptionally long periods of time. They block the crossings. Many times I have had to backtrack and be late for work due to a train.
If I recall the original article about an accident in which a girl under a train lost her arm, the engines of the train were just past Store 24 when it began to move. Therefore, the mother and her children would not have heard a whistle blow.
Trains are dangerous. The mother made a bad judgment call at the wrong time. She does not need prison. She is already in her own prison dealing with this. It is never a smart thing to crawl under or jump the coupling of a train, but I do not think she intended for this tragedy to happen. And it is illegal to trespass on railroad property. Let this be a lesson to us all.
LAURA BEATTIE, Scott City