Death on the Rails
Death had caused this woman an inconvenience, and by God she was determined to make sure everyone was aware of it. Somewhere in a comfortable home in Ann Arbor she's probably still complaining about how awful it was for her.
It is inevitable that, sooner or later in life, this woman will face a tragedy of her own that will inconvenience others. I foresee her distress when the world doesn't stop for her. By and large, the other passengers will go about their lives and work around the little trouble she'll cause them.
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The next day, I searched the web for information about the incident. I learned that "... on average, locomotive operators are involved in three fatalities over the course of a career.". The victim in Jackson was a a fifty-four-year old woman--apparently a suicide.
[Originally published in October, 2009.]