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Man driving the wrong way up the Expressway dies in head-on crash that injured driver going the right way, State Police say

State Police report a Randolph man driving north on the southbound side of I-93 caused a crash near the Morrissey Boulevard exit that killed him and sent the other driver to the hospital with serious injuries around 2:40 a.m.

Christopher Dopson, 41, of Randolph, was declared dead at the scene. His victim, also from Randolph, was transported to Boston Medical Center, State Police say.

State Police say their investigation into the crash - which shut down the southbound Expressway - continues, including the question of why Dopson was on the wrong side of the road.

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…. I travel by train rather than on the highways whenever possible.
Very sad for all affected by this crash.
Safe travels everyone.

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Yeah, nothing bad ever happens on trains.

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You are much safer flying that taking Amtrak.

That said, Lee and his twin brother Kinopio are engaging in histrionics by thinking that driving, or being a passenger in a car, is inherently unsafe and that aking Amtrak to Philly or further south is 100% safe.

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Better just stay home, little one.

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As you live in constant fear of motor vehicles.

But it's not like there's ever been head on train crashes.

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Play with your train set down there in the basement, Uncle Fester, and knock yourself out.

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The first link shows that you are better off traveling longer distances by rail, and the second link shows that you are better off travelling shorter distances by public transit. Taken together, the picture cannot be any more clear.

Most people who fly aren't flying instead of driving, while many who take trains are replacing driving.

I don't know who taught you how to reason, but they should have failed you - unless it was a "how to do a logical fallacy" class.

Once again, you try to ignore half the evidence and than claim I DID LOGIC SO THERE!

I somehow doubt you reward your kid for such sloppy "thinking". So don't try it with adults, mmmmkay?

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You linked to a graph that indeed did show that taking "Amtrak" is safer than driving, but it also noted that it is safer to fly than to take Amtrak. I wasn't the one who posted it. You did. The second link provides data that first points out that rail is not the safest way to travel and second contains data that is used by people who drive "light trucks" as they are safer than smaller, more fuel efficient passenger cars.

I mean, that data could be picked apart in many ways, but I decided to take the data on face value.

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…. of Thomas the Train?

Maybe Caillou is a better tv choice for you.

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I'm a big train fan. I've taken the Acela to/from New York twice in the past 15 months. I've gone coast to coast twice, and deep down south once. Civilized way to travel, and much more fuel efficient.

You see, I'm the kind of guy who loves all modes of transportation. I walk when I can, but I've got a T pass, Blue Bikes membership, and I own an automobile. I go by train when it is close and fly when it is further away. I guess the only mode of transportation I don't use is marine transportation, but that is an opportunity thing more than anything.

In short, I'm open minded, as all modes of transportation have their pros and cons. You should try that some time.

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If you like not being brutally killed then you are much better off riding a train than dodging drunks and maniacs on the highway like frogger. The statistics back this up whether you like it or not.

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… is not such a bad thing. Getting stuff done you can’t do on a plane or in a car is also not such a bad thing. Not having to look at highways another not bad thing. I could go on There is more, but you get the drift.

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… understand that they are fundamentally in the hospitality business and make the trip a pleasure. Some display the attitude that the railroad would be a lot easier to operate if it weren’t for the damn passengers. Others still radiate a belligerent cop vibe. If you don’t get the first crowd, it’s a lot more pleasant to drive than to take the train.

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At worst was mild indifference. The majority have been great. Especially when my ancient mother travels. They offer to have the train wait while they bring her upstairs at Back Bay Station if no one is there to meet her on the platform.

If I was ever to encounter the second and third types, at least my life would not be endangered. I’d much rather deal with slacker or bully conductors on the railway than slacker or bully drivers on the highway.
Long even short car rides are never pleasant to me. Whereas almost all train travel is.

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Very few rail options available for traveling to or from Randolph at 2:40am.

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Or at times you need to travel. Same with commuter rail and bus.
Sometimes my train travel has to be combined with other forms of transportation.
Let’s see if public transportation improves as promised.

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Or at times you need to travel. Same with commuter rail and bus.
Sometimes my train travel has to be combined with other forms of transportation.
Let’s see if public transportation improves as promised.

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State Police say the dead driver was driving on the wrong side of the highway.

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Is it possible to do this on accident?

Serious question. Seems like these incidents happen with some frequency, and I'm left wondering if it's suicide, intoxication, both, neither, or what...?

Not tryna speak ill of the dead.

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Is it possible to do this on accident?

Depends on what you call an accident. An accident like this has causes: possibly intoxication, I don't think suicide, but honestly, being really tired and sleep-deprived is probably enough to get you started up an exit ramp. But I'd think you'd realize your error pretty quickly.

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I'd guess
"really" on-purpose (suicidal, violent, or homeless or joyrider) is small - no more than 5-10%,
"really" accident (damaged or missing signs, maybe?) is similarly small,
and...
the bulk is actually " 'accident' set up by contributory negligence or bad judgment" - driving under influence, driving while tired, paying too much attention to GPS than the actual road around you...

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I see the phrase “on accident” from time to time. Is this a regional variant of standard English from some place? Where?

(Edit: I looked it up; it’s actually an interesting case of language evolving over time: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/on-accident-versus-b...

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Yah, I just used it to be hokey. I’m too young for it to be native to my vernacular.

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I am totally pulling this out of the air, but most of these seem to happen in the dead of the night - 3, 4 am, easily explained by a tired/drunk person not paying attention to what they're doing.

Most on-ramps have multiple "wrong way" signs, the reflectors are red if you are traveling the wrong way - granted, most of them are missing from the highways at this point in the season but probably still some left on the on ramps, and you kind of have to notice that the on ramps are curving the other way (to the left) and the median separator is to the right... so, I armchair-assume drunk.

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