Originally posted by generik
well i don't know about negligence or not. i recall reading something when it first came to light about the victim being run over, that they thought
she was already dead, which implied that they DECIDED to run her over. if that is the case i would think that would be negligence.
Working from memory here, and that's getting less and less reliable. I think it's connected to the fact that all the grey matter is leaching out of
my brain and onto my hair!! Joking aside, I thought that the coroner's initial determination was that the girl was dead when she was run over, and
that the truck crew didn't realized until later that they'd hit someone.
the truly sad thing is there were a couple way that the situation could have been if not avoided altogether then much lower chance of killing a victim
that could possibly have been saved. they could have had a couple "rescuers" running ahead of the trucks to find and deal with any wounded or bodies
in the way.
As Zaphod mentioned above, this might seem like a good idea at first glance, but you'd wind up slowing down the trucks to the point of uselessness,
even before the use of foam is taken into account. I've seen firefighting foam form drifts and lumps that were more than large enough to hide a small
person, and to be effective, your outriders are going to have to check each one, and that would take more time than the fire crews have.
or an even better idea that could be used in conjunction of the above or alone, would be to have a piece of equipment that has been around for over
100 years mounted on the trucks. that is a "cow catcher", like was used on locomotives for a similar purpose, to keep from running things
Cow catchers on railroad locomotives worked (to the extent that they did work) in part because railroads are a very stable environment. The tracks are
(relatively) flat and even. Fire fighting apparatus doesn't always have those conditions, even at an airport. Assuming that you mounted the cow
catcher low enough to actually prevent a prone human body from being run over, what happens the first time your crash truck drives over a drainage
path? What happens the first time the crash truck noses down under hard braking? Digging the nose of a fast-moving truck into the ground is a real
show-stopper...I speak from first hand experience (thankfully *not* with a fire truck).
so why is it that something like this was never thought about before? i also have to wonder how many deaths have been caused by the same thing in air
crashes before this, but not publicly known about, but hidden from everyone? it seems to me that in the chaos involved in an air crash that
it is extremely likely to have happened before and as such there really is NO EXCUSE for not trying to keep it from happening.
Believe me...there are a fair number of highly trained and very creative people who devote a lot of time to making fire fighting apparatus effective
and safe. I have a soft spot in my heart for these folks
in particular. I know first hand just how solid and safe
their gear is. Unfortunately for all concerned, there are some things that you simply can't plan for in any realistic way. I'm fairly certain (not
being a telepath, I can't speak with utter certainty) that the crew of that crash truck aren't giving each other high-fives and painting a
schoolgirl silhouette on the side of the cab. Every fire fighter that I've ever known or worked with has been in the trade to save lives, not to take
them...and when you lose one, it hurts on a deep and personal level.
the death of this victim was more than an "unfortunate occurrence". even if it has never happened before it would only seem to be common sense that
it COULD happen, and thus some way(s), thought out and trained with to help deal with it. a needless death of one of the very people they are supposed
Barring some fresh evidence to the contrary, an "unfortunate occurrence" is exactly
what it is. In an ideal world, things like this wouldn't
happen...unfortunately, we don't live in an ideal world. In the real world, Murphy is always waiting for a chance to make a fool of you, and strange,
stupid, and occasionally tragic things happen every day.