Friday, June 3, 2011

Pardon Me, Boy

Two US Border Patrol Agents were killed in pursuit of suspected illegal aliens when their SUV was hit by a train. This is one of those kinds of accidents that should never happen. When in pursuit, it is easy to achieve tunnel vision. The brain gets so focused on the pursuit that the officers no longer see anything else around them. Even an object as large as a moving train disappears.

When in pursuit in a two officer vehicle, the driver should concentrate on the driving as much as he can. The passenger officer should handle the radio, and watch both the suspects and the scene. The passenger officer can pay particular attention to the right side of the patrol car and watch for cross traffic on that side.

Safety around railroad trains is essential. Trains weigh hundreds of tons and in a collision with a car or SUV will always win, sometimes not even realizing they hit something. Trains appear farther away and seem to be moving slower than they really are; they are so big they create an optical illusion. Don’t take a chance on a train at an intersection, that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I couldn't agree MORE.

ANY vehicle can only have ONE "driver"...whoever is riding shotgun needs to be the swivel-head of the team.

That accident never needed to happen. You are so right.
Roll safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Driver and co-driver, two officer car should be safer than a one officer car.