Thomas Long

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Fatal Train Wreck

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Johnson County Sheriff's detectives investigate the scene of a fatal wreck along a stretch of railway north of Olathe, Kansas. I had just started my photojournalism internship with the Olathe Daily News, and myself and another photographer arrived at the scene from the passenger's side of the van -- the side with all the blood. "We can't shoot from this side," the mentoring photographer said. Instead, he directed me to shoot from the driver's side allowing me to capture the stopped train in the background. A mother and her teenaged son were descending a hill from their home when they were hit by the train as it curved around the base of the hill. They were only the most recent members of their family to die at that crossing. Despite the family's several losses, the railroad refused to install a signal, claiming it could not be justified given the low amount of traffic at the crossing.

Photographed with a Pentax MX and an SMC Pentax-M 200mm lens.

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