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January 15, 2005

British train driver compensated for trauma of hitting goat

Topics: International News

I'm probably the only blogger that would carry this non-news story but it reminded me of Jenny. I understand post traumatic stress from hitting a human being, but a goat? Some of you psychology buffs can help us out here but I once had a goat on a small farm that I purchased so that I could have a John Deer tractor. I had always wanted a John Deer tractor, it's manly and cool to have a tractor even if you are a lousy farmer - which I was. But since I got to have my tractor the kid's got the goat. My kids named the goat Jenny and that goat turned out to be a real problem. Jenny kept leading our 6 cows out of the pasture and down the road almost every day. One night while watching television my wife and I felt like someone else was in the room; Jenny-the-goat had eaten through the screen, then wandered on in to the room, and was just sitting down watching television. Goats are a pain, they are a trauma to have, but getting rid of them usually takes care of the trauma. Yet there's always folks like this poor fellow:

AFP
LONDON: A train driver in Britain who suffered from nightmares after his train struck a goat was been awarded £35,000 ($86,250) in compensation, his lawyer said on Wednesday.


The driver, who has not been named, had become traumatised by the incident on a rail line in Dorset, southwest England, four years ago, and recently retired due to ill health.

He had previously been the driver of a train which had struck a suicide victim.   Read more...

Posted by Hyscience at January 15, 2005 10:34 AM



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