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    IN - Mom tries to outrun train, kills herself & 2 kids

    An Indiana mom attempted to outrun a freight train at an intersection but didn't see a train approaching from the other direction and crashed, killing two of her children, police said.
    Authorities released a video showing Edie Bolanos attempting to outrun an eastbound train in her minivan by cutting through a parking lot and making a quick turn.
    "It seemed that she [Edie Bolanos] was so intent on beating the eastbound train, she never even saw the westbound train that hit her," Hammond Police Sgt. Michael Jorden said.
    Two of Bolanos' children, Crystal, 11, and Anahi, 8, were ejected from the van and pronounced dead at the scene. The other two children in the van were in stable condition.

    More at links below............................................. ....................
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,295945,00.html

    http://www.nwitimes.com/articles/200...4e0008c30b.txt

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    She is in critical condition and her 2 surviving children are in stabe condition at a nearby hospital..

    I just cant fathom how anything could heve been so important as to attempt to beat a train.. nothing in my mind is more important than my child. I cant imagine making even a split minute decision and justiify it as a good choice in my mind. What ever it was could have waited a few more minutes. My prayers are with the survivors and their family.I can only hope that time will heal both their physical and emotional wounds. I suspect this woman is going to be going thru hell when she realizes what she has lost when she made that poor decision. May the 2 children who were lost be found in arms of angels and know only happiness and peace.

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    That video sure gave me another take on what I originally thought. Somehow, I thought it was just a fluke accident. When I saw her deliberately racing the train...

    sometimes people can be SO stupid.
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    I hate to say this but when anyone races a train they have imo a disregard for human life.

    From the above article:
    "It seemed that she (Edie Bolanos) was so intent on beating the eastbound train, she never even saw the westbound train that hit her,

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    This same exact thing happened to me. Thank God I lived to tell about it. When I was growing up we lived way out in the country and the ride to school was an hour one way. My regular bus driver did not feel like going out to drop me off in the sticks so she had her son drop me and this other little boy off in a mini van. The son was a teenager himself and had a friend of his along for the ride. When they got up to the train tracks they also tried to outrun the train but it hit us smack dab in the middle of the mini van. The little boy and myself were ejected from the mini van via the windows. I don't remember anything during the accident I just remember looking to my right and seeing the train like right there...next thing I remember I was laying in the middle of a field covered in blood with the paramedics, police, lookie-loo's all standing around me....very scary day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlitchWizard View Post
    That video sure gave me another take on what I originally thought. Somehow, I thought it was just a fluke accident. When I saw her deliberately racing the train...

    sometimes people can be SO stupid.


    This is so tragic... and preventable. I can't imagine where she was going in such a hurry that made her make such a stupid, careless, and fatal decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dena View Post
    This is so tragic... and preventable. I can't imagine where she was going in such a hurry that made her make such a stupid, careless, and fatal decision.
    I totally agree. What a stupid and senseless action that cost her children's lives while the other two are hanging on.

    Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.

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    I also wanted to add that could there be a possiblity that this was a suicide and she just wanted to bring her children along with her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mygirlsadie View Post
    I also wanted to add that could there be a possiblity that this was a suicide and she just wanted to bring her children along with her?
    Possibly I guess, but with a van full of 4 children, she would have to know there's a good possibility they wouldn't all die.
    The video won't load for me.

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    It wouldnt load for me either so I just googled it and pulled it up off another website.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dena View Post
    Possibly I guess, but with a van full of 4 children, she would have to know there's a good possibility they wouldn't all die.
    The video won't load for me.


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    I hope the other two children survive ok, but wow ... it must be hard living knowing two of your siblings died.

    I wonder what the mother was thinking.
    Was she normally a good mom?
    Was she on drugs or drinking?
    Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.

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    How in the heck can anybody say that she didn't see the other train coming, it was right there for God Sake! She doesn't derserve compassion. I hope she rots for what she's done. I saw somewhere that her parents already hired an attorney against the railroad

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakerprune64 View Post
    How in the heck can anybody say that she didn't see the other train coming, it was right there for God Sake! She doesn't derserve compassion. I hope she rots for what she's done. I saw somewhere that her parents already hired an attorney against the railroad
    They'll probably blame the railroad for not having gates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dena View Post
    They'll probably blame the railroad for not having gates.
    Sadly enough the gate wouldn't have stopped her, she was driving like a bat out of hell.

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    I don't understand how anyone would attempt to race a train with any other people in their car, 4 children nonetheless. Blatant disregard for human life. My prayers for the children and the family. It sounds like a suicide attempt, is right. That woman never should have put any of those children in danger. If she wanted to race trains, she should have been alone in the car.

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