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828 Railway-Related Deaths in the U.S. In 2017! Did You Realize.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access news coverage of this AMAZING story.


Click to ENLARGE to see what the FRA report looks like. Use link below to download a small, clean PDF of all 828 fatal accidents.

Click to download, small & clean PDF file of all 828 incidents.


I was watching the 8pm news on MSNBC on Monday night when I heard about this moonlighting story (i.e., first image above). During that I heard them mention 828 railway-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. I thought I misheard. Rewound, played it again. NO, I had heard correctly.

Then it got me thinking. 828. Not that high when you think of the SIZE of the U.S. and the miles and miles of tracks involved. But, it does come to 2.3 deaths a day.

So, I Googled. Found this “Federal Railroad Administration” (FRA). Never heard of them before. They have a database. Hence the report. I can’t get the individual incident reports. But, this was a good start. Have a look


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by Anura Guruge

Alton, NH: Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% In 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge



Mr. Thomas Sargent & Nancy Scott.

Just got a letter, dated August 10, 2012, from the Alton Assessor, Mr. Thomas Sargent.

Our assessment has gone up 7.2%!

Kind of surprised. Way, way above reasonable market value. Houses on this street go on foreclosure.

Yes, having lived in NH for 26 years I know how property assessments work; I know the system well. Yes, they can lower property assessments and increase the tax rate. Problem of late is that towns are increasing both, though they deny doing it.

I will GLADLY sell this house, no questions asked, no haggling, furniture and all — and even move out within 5 days — IF somebody offered me the CURRENT assessed value, never mind the 7.2% increase.

Suffice to say I am not happy. Yes, I will request an re-assessment. From my very limited experience with Mr. Sargent he tends to be reasonable and fair. That is always nice.

The current increase, with the current tax rate, is a hike of $26 a day!

Yes, Deanna will check the Alton ‘Vision Appraisal’ property assessment database to see how other have done.

Current Alton property tax rate is $13.07 per $1,000 assessed value.