FedEx truck hits NY Amish buggy; adults, kids hurt

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FedEx truck hits NY Amish buggy; adults, kids hurt
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 1:32pm
:smileysad:

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 03-18-2000
I bet the FedEx driver feels terrible.
Not surprised this has happened given the info. in the last thread about the slow moving buggies competing with modern vehicles on the roads.
I hope the children & mother heal from their injuries.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Registered: 04-07-2002
I know. It's tragic all around. I just wonder why the Amish can't adapt just a tiny bit. Flashing lights or something that allow other drivers to maybe see them a bit sooner? When it's the lives of their children at stake, you'd think they would...

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 03-03-2009

There's no particular reason at this point to blame the Amish.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Some do, some don't. There is a PBS series which this week is covering the Amish. It's enlightening.
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"PBS series which this week is covering the Amish"
I have it set-up to record.
Can be watched online too.....
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Registered: 04-07-2002
I'm not blaming anyone...I'm just saying that this problem seems to be a bit more prevelant. Slow moving carriages without adequate visual warnings are a problem in some communities. I don't believe that drivers should have to drive well below the posted speed limit "just in case" either. They need to find some kind of compromise. The lives of children are worth much more than some inconveniences on both sides.

 nwtreehugger  

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I'll have to check. Our PBS station doesn't necessarily run the same programs on the same schedule as the national PBS network - it's some kind of agreement that they've had for a long time.

 nwtreehugger  

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There appears to be at least a chance that the FedEx driver was at fault:

Jabberwocka

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Not arguing any of what you posted. It just seems that there could be more compromise - just for the safety of the children. I realize that their communities are small but they obviously head out on occasion. It just seems that there could be a better way, that's all.

It just brings to mind that, in my area, we have a LOT of bicyclists. Many don't stick to the roads with the bike lanes or "sharrows". I don't know how many times I've come around a curve in some road and had a bicyclist there & had to either slam on my brakes or swerve (if possible). I'm not speeding either. In fact, on those roads I tend to drive slightly under the speed limit (they aren't highways) & it can still be an issue of the bicyclist is in the road rather than staying to the right.

 nwtreehugger  

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I know what you mean in regards to bicyclists.

Jabberwocka

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