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Man killed by train while looking at lottery ticket

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A man is dead after being struck and killed by a train near Buffalo, New York, while examining a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Police say 48-year-old Ronald Wittenberg of Lackawanna did not respond to the train's blaring horn as it approached him from behind as he walked between the rails.

Wittenberg was returning from fishing with a friend shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Police were told he had his head down and was examining the lottery ticket.

Wittenberg died from massive head and internal injuries, police said.

AP

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GamerMom's avatar - tails

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Posted: May 18, 2008, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

maybe he was deaf?

    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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    Posted: May 18, 2008, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

    Examining a lottery ticket or even reading a news paper while walking between the rails of an active train track or even driving down the free way is just a thoughtless idea.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: May 19, 2008, 12:00 am - IP Logged

      Maybe he was, but my money is on stupid. Trains are easy to spot, and it's always easy to tell exactly where they're going to be. Standing in that spot and not paying attention isn't a very smart thing to do.

        DC81's avatar - batman39
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        Posted: May 19, 2008, 12:05 am - IP Logged

        I second stupid and if he was deaf that'd just mean he was deaf and stupid.

         

        So..... Any word whether the ticket was a winner or not? <_< >_>

        You can't predict random.

          ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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          Posted: May 19, 2008, 1:09 am - IP Logged

          Examining a lottery ticket or even reading a news paper while walking between the rails of an active train track or even driving down the free way is just a thoughtless idea.

          I agree. I think it's a sad situation, but when you are around train tracks you have to be aware of you surroundings. It's not a place to reading things and ignoring what's going on. No Nod

          "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

            Dr Lottery's avatar - 10847
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            Posted: May 19, 2008, 1:33 am - IP Logged

            What a way to go !! RIP""Blue Angel

            One day I will Hit BIG!!

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              Posted: May 19, 2008, 6:57 am - IP Logged

              Totally bizarre !  I mean...he was returning from a fishing trip?  And walking between the rails on the tracks?   Was there no place else to walk?

              And with the odds on scratchoffs, it was probably a loser.

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              Answer: His lips are moving.

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                Posted: May 19, 2008, 8:14 am - IP Logged

                Walking on railroad tracks. Why? What?

                As I understand it, the rails warn you where trains tend to congregate.

                As Larry-the-cable-guy warns: "If you ever find yourself being attacked by a train do this..." [Jumps to side]

                But, as Ron White tells us, "You can't fix 'stupid'. "

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                  Posted: May 19, 2008, 9:19 am - IP Logged

                  Green laughCrazyGreen laughCrazyGreen laughCrazyGreen laugh

                  one for darwin's ROFL

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                    Posted: May 19, 2008, 10:47 am - IP Logged

                    Anybody bother to look for the ticket,  cause the one thing that will freeze me in my tracks, is scratching off a million dollar winner!!!!

                    "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                      Posted: May 19, 2008, 11:40 am - IP Logged

                      He got Lost in the Moment: The Ticket was a Winner!

                      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                        Posted: May 19, 2008, 12:29 pm - IP Logged

                        This story doesn't pass the smell test. If he was 40 feet behind his friend, he must of jumped off the track first. So how did he know his friend was looking at the ticket at the time the train hit him? It will be interesting to see if his friend cashes in a large sum scratch-off.

                         

                        Buffalo News



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                        "The train was blaring its horn for 45 seconds or a minute straight," Lackawanna Police Capt. Ronald Miller said. "For some reason, he never heard the horn."

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                        Wittenberg, who was returning from fishing with a friend, was walking between the rails, about 40 feet behind his friend, with his head down while examining the lottery ticket, police were told. The train approached from behind.

                        Quando Porca Volare!

                        drunk hobbit

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                          Posted: May 19, 2008, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

                          A man is dead after being struck and killed by a train near Buffalo, New York, while examining a scratch-off lottery ticket.

                          Police say 48-year-old Ronald Wittenberg of Lackawanna did not respond to the train's blaring horn as it approached him from behind as he walked between the rails.

                          Wittenberg was returning from fishing with a friend shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Police were told he had his head down and was examining the lottery ticket.

                          Wittenberg died from massive head and internal injuries, police said.

                          SAD STORY , But beer is almost always on my fishing trips

                            kjs703's avatar - batman08
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                            Posted: May 19, 2008, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

                            Sounds like a CSI story to me.....

                            Once they start investigating, the friend will be arrested for killing his friend for catching the "big one"!  (smirk)