PHOTO: If you see an Amtrak train coming through snow, move. (photo via Flickr/José Maltais)
Do you want to see a bunch of people get completely decimated by a powerful onslaught of snow kicked up by an oncoming train?
Of course you do.
This week offered us a rare treat in the plight of the daily commuter department. What we have below are examples of why it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and to be ever aware of those lovely things called context clues.
For example, pay close attention to the traveler immediately in front of the camera. If they were not embedded in their phone, they may have noticed that a huge train was coming on down and barreling through multiple feet of snow.
Perhaps, one might think, they would seek shelter.
It seems everyone in the video is burrowed into their respective smartphones. So they are, undoubtedly, attempting to take the definitive video of this moment.
For their bravery, we get an unending deluge of entertainment at their expense. We thank them in kind.
NBC New York helps with some context for this astounding video. The powder is thanks to the recent Winter Storm Stella. The train is a Penn Station-bound Amtrak pulling through the Rhinecliff-Kingston station. And the people are, well, colder and wetter than they were previously.
The report only mentions that some commuters were knocked to the ground. Thankfully, it doesn’t state anyone was seriously injured.
One witness states the train looked as if it were coming into the station too quickly.
Amtrak released a statement, via NBC New York, stating this particular train,” was traveling at the authorized speed.”
It also cautioned: “We always advise customers to stand back from the platform edge as trains approach and this was an unusual occurrence considering the large amount of snow on the tracks.”
We hope the above images help you in any future commutes. If you happen to see a wall of snow and an oncoming train, perhaps take at least one step back.