Every once in awhile a hero comes along who dares to do the brave, the implausible, the outright nuts things that the rest of us can only dream of. These are the people who make a difference in the world by teaching the rest of us to not obey our limits and to go beyond our fears and strive to be great. Or maybe they’re just crazy and asking to become a Darwin Awards recipient.
One such soul is an unidentified man who tired of waiting for the train to pass so he could cross the tracks. While most people would have just waited and complained a little, or at least found a ramp to try to jump the thing, this guy was having none of that. Instead, he chose to roll under the train, then roll back out, then roll under again before jumping out on the other side. The wheels narrowly missed him by just inches, which would have rendered him, at the very least, slightly mutilated.
Apparently the unidentified train dodger does this all the time, according to local witnesses. They say he just rolls under trains for funsies, because apparently he likes taking risks and licking electrical sockets just doesn’t do it for him. No, it’s Russian Roulette with a giant metal machine traveling at high speeds for this fella.
While it may be fun to look on and laugh, or avoid watching if you are prone to bouts of sanity, it’s no laughing matter for the train companies. Jeff DeGraff of Union Pacific points out to local CBS station KHOU on July 30 that “This is never a game. You’re taking your life and the lives of others in your hands.”
Other witnesses include a local business owner, Cesar Renteria, who calls the man crazy and points out that it’s “very, very dangerous to go under the train when it’s running.” It’s probably a good thing that he pointed that out, because we may not have realized that otherwise.
Luckily, the stunt was captured on video by a driver who, in a bout of cowardice, chose not to try to jump through a boxcar with two open doors and stayed put. Thankfully, the video does not end in a puddle of goo where the dodger once was, although that seems likely at some point if this guy keeps it up.
The risk isn’t only to the loon, however. Union Pacific points out that if the train were to hit him it could have caused a derailment, putting anybody nearby at risk of having a train roll onto them, rather than rolling under it repeatedly like the guy.
Still, it’s fun to watch though.