Tuesday, June 13, 2006

israel train accident

Snickers in Israel are not kosher. You read it here first 3 months ago. I don't know if it's because of the triangle k or for some other reason, but my assumption is that the rabbanut reads my blog.

Every morning I take the train to work, well at least part way to work. I have to take a sherut, shared taxi, from home to the train station and then a taxi meets me at the next train station and takes me to work. But as they say, that's neither here nor there. Yesterday at about 12:30 PM I got an email from the guy I take the train with (an infrequent commenter named traintalk) that there was a train crash.
The train going from Tel Aviv to Haifa had hit a car on the tracks and 3 of the cars flipped over. 5 people were killed and over 80 people injured. ברוך דין אמת. It turns out the driver of the car was hit and pushed onto the tracks by another car and was unable to get off. The driver escaped just in time.
Now the story gets a bit fuzzy. The driver was on valium at the time of the accident. According to drugs.com people who are on Valium should use caution when they are driving, operating machinery or performing other hazardous activities. That means that it is ok to drive as long as you do it cautiously. Apparantly, the drugs people don't see any reason for people not on valium to drive carefully. Also when you use Valium you shouldn't use alcohol. As everyone knows, when you use alcohol with drugs that say do not use with alcohol they work better, so we can assume he was drunk.
So now we have a reckless, drunk, drug addict who is driving around and parking on the tracks.

There was obviously no way to stop this accident from happening. The only real question here is would we feel better if it was a terrorist attack so we would have an enemy to blame or does accidental friendly fire in some ways comfort us?

3 comments:

DAG said...

Almost ALL psychotropic drugs have the driving warning....

rockofgalilee said...

and...

2R said...

I was in the cafeteria at work watching the coverage from the crash on the TV. Every person who walked in, looked at the screen, and asked horrified - There was was a pigua!?. When answered with, no a train crashed into a car on the tracks they were relieved and went to order food.
I think it is just easier to accept accidents then terror attacks.