Dying for a root

Dying for a root

Dying for a root

Dying for a root, brings new meaning to the term legless.

A UKRAINIAN couple’s inability to rein in their passion for each other ended in tragedy when a woman was killed by a train and her partner had his legs torn off during pre-dawn love-making on a railway track, police say.

The accident took place in the southeastern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia early on Saturday. 

“Returning from our friends’, my girlfriend and I could not overcome our passionate nature and wanted to feel a sense of thrill near a railway track,” a police statement quoted the 41-year-old man as saying.

A police spokesman separately said on Sunday that the pair was believed to have been drunk.

The woman died on the spot while the man was hospitalised with his legs torn off below the knee.

Police did not release the names of the victims, saying it had opened a criminal probe over the safety violation.

What really got my attention is that the authorities are investigating charging the man.

In NZ or Australia the couple would be looking to sue the rail company and the government do-gooders would likely be lining up to give the poor chap handouts forever, and no doubt ACC


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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