BELMONT, Mass. — A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night.
The woman was driving southbound on Brighton Street shortly before 9 p.m. when the GPS device directed her to make a right turn which placed her vehicle directly onto railroad tracks.
There’s some deep exploration of the human condition about an overreliance on technology that hinders basic skills to be had here. It indicates a certain diminishment of humanity that leaves people weakened and subordinate to their own tools, but there’s a more basic question to be asked:
Why don’t they look?