If you’re going to get hit by a train.

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The moral of this story folks, is that the 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit must be the safest car in the world.

A 43-year-old man was treated and released from a Johnstown hospital after his car was split in two by a freight train last night in Derry, Westmoreland County.

Hubert Rice, of Derry, was stopped at a railroad crossing on Hillside Road at about 7:30 p.m., waiting for a southbound freight train to clear the crossing. After the train passed, Mr. Derry drove his 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit around the extended crossing arms, but was then hit on the passenger side by a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train on the second set of tracks, police said.

It gets split in half by a freight train and the driver is doing A-ok. Treated. And released.

The hell?

Can you imagine him going home to his wife and she says, “Honey, where did you get that little scratch above your eye?”

“Huh?  Oh, this?  Yeah, I got hit by a train today.  The Rabbit is gone.”

I once saw a Jeep Grand Cherokee hit a car from behind while going no more than 10 miles an hour and the entire front hood was bent in from it. I imagine if a freight train hit that Jeep, the driver would have been a pancake.

Screw my SUV. I’m getting me a 20-year-old Rabbit.

1 Comment

  1. Urmother
    December 30, 2007 2:05 pm

    It’s true. The older generation of VW’s do very well when it comes to getting in wrecks. They may not have ABS, or airbags, but when you hit a deer at 70mph and all it does is bend the hood in a little bit, I don’t think you’ve got much to worry about.