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3/6/2012 04:23 PM EST

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masrawy83
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masrawy83   3/12/2012 1:45:21 PM
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i have some additional pic's if needed

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masrawy83   3/10/2012 5:27:19 PM
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me and my wife was on the train i didn't believe what i saw people did need medical attention and was being ignored my wife was starving for hours cuz we were expecting to be in paris within a couple of hours but turned to be 12 hours at one point i asked a police officer my wife is passing out he ignored me because we are american's one of the passengers offered us snacks from his bag cuz he saw the situation the staff members was very unprofessional unfriendly i never thought i would ever experience anything like that in my life

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jpatric818   3/9/2012 10:11:55 PM
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I wasn't convinced that I wanted to take the Eurostar in the first place. Let's see, stuck in a metal tube, under the water and now a power supply problem, the lack stellar medical help and equipment and arrogant (intimidating) people - Probably won't be finding me on that any time soon.

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Brian Fuller2   3/9/2012 9:02:48 PM
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Richard, had I missed the byline I would have assumed it was written by one "Franz Kafka." Prabhakar's point reminds me that every time we see a big-scale disaster (Katrina, Haiti, etc.) the "authorities" very quickly lose their value once they run through what they've been trained to do. They seem rarely to defer to simple human reactions (how can I as a cop, civilian, train conductor) help. When the big one hits, it's more often than not every man, woman and child for himself.

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przemek   3/7/2012 9:51:48 PM
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To put things in perspective, the symptoms and the medicine offered (colchicine) is consistent with an attack of gout, which is painful to be sure but not life-threatening.

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blommep   3/7/2012 7:15:48 PM
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As the 'power supply failure' in this case was the pylon of a power line collapsing onto the catenary according to the local news (oddly they mentioned trains having delay but not being stuck on the track for 11h), I doubt that swapping a power supply would solve the problem :) The normal solution to these problems would be pulling the train away with a diesel engine (but only a specific series of diesel engines can be used for pulling the TGV) http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/BB_67200

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prabhakar_deosthali   3/7/2012 11:59:54 AM
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If such a thing would have happened in a country like India , the people from the nearby town would have come running to help the stranded passengers. They off course would have made some quick money in supplying food and drinks to the needy but on humanity angle the people in distress would have gotten the required medical assistance at no charge.

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agk   3/7/2012 7:48:22 AM
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Now i think the responsible authorities might have included advanced first aid box in this train and with one train official fully trained with this first aid kit with a full pledged communication with a doctor.

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masher   3/7/2012 1:25:15 AM
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Wow, Your lucky you were in France, really. Had it been Mexico or some other 3rd world countries or even a state such as Arizona in the US you could have been arrested, maced, tazered or even shot for taking such pictures, or all of the above if it was Arizona. I wonder if this was a passengers injured cat or dog on the train how would the incompetant officials have reacted ? Also if there had been some type of a terrorist incident, even with minor injuries, the chance of survival would probably have been nil.

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rick merritt   3/6/2012 10:43:22 PM
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In an age when portable medical electronics devices and smart grids are in vogue, this tragedy represents someone's opportunity. But our technological sophistication cannot make up for what sometimes seems like a lack of a shared sense of humanity and compassion for one another.

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