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Man Killed Trying To Slap A Moving Train

July 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm by  

SUMMERVILLE, SC – Justin Helton was at  the Ice House Bar & Grill celebrating his 23rd birthday but got upset after getting into a few arguments with his ex and other patrons. The highly intoxicated Helton left the bar with his ex-girlfriend in tow, telling everyone he was going to slap a train that was passing nearby. But as Helton drunkenly stuck his hand out, he learned why it is not generally a good idea to slap a moving train as he was sucked into it. Helton suffered multiple fractures and massive blunt force trauma and like the majority of people who get hit by a moving train, was pronounced dead at the scene. The conductor was totally unaware anything had happened and was stopped further down the tracks. His ex stated that she witnessed the accident and that Helton did not appear to jump in front of the train, he was just really drunk.

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  • cplpunishment

    That must have been night train he was drinking. I love the pict of the evil train, You never cease to amaze me. It sux to be Justin Helton dead on his 23rd birthday. Maybe it will be one of those haunted railroad stories only instead of a lantern floating mysteriously down the track it will be a bottle of Icehouse.

  • guillotinegirl

    Even I, with only several operating brain cells left, know this would be a bad idea.

  • littlemoonseductress

    This is a good example of a real life Fatal Error… no second chance… no learning from your mistakes…. *sigh….

  • Coyote

    He'd make a good Darwin Award candidate.

  • LeaveMeBe

    What the hell did that train do to him to deserve to be slapped like that? That's train abuse and I'm sick of it.

  • KAOS

    consequences for one's actions no longer exist, except in cases like this. Unfortunately at the age of 23, this poor kid only gets to learn that one time, and for an instant I'm sure.

  • DogBitez

    Friends don't let friends drive… er, slap moving trains… drunk.

  • melb1970

    Man I would hate to witness something like that- eww!

  • saywhaa

    cant keep the last name straight in your article?

  • ADC-82

    Crazy Train, Or Crazy Dude???

  • Breadstix

    slapped a train, huh? at least he didn't have a chance to breed.

  • Mel

    It's unbelievable the things we do when we're high and I'm sorry he died from a drunken moment of stupidity.

    When I was a teen the thing to do was to wait in the Chatsworth train tunnel (preferably on LSD) for a train to woosh by while pressed up against the tunnel wall and watch the “colors”. OMG it was one of the scariest and stupid things I ever did (and back then, I did plenty). Longest minutes of my life as I struggled to keep from having my 100 pound body sucked into the train. To this day I don't know how I survived it. I don't recall the colors but I do remember all of us screaming and believing I was going to DIE. Dumb.

  • xNikkiLynnx

    Siderodromophobia- fear of trains
    I may be weird but I am scared to death of trains…

  • Sugarglider1

    That's okay, there are MUCH weirder phobias! And, thankfully, this fear won't render your life dysfunctional, as trains are not too hard to avoid. If your phobia was of spoons, for instance, or pencils, life would tough. Or, I don't know, trees…then you'd be able to add agoraphobia, too. 🙂

  • xNikkiLynnx

    The actor Billy Bob Thornton is actually afraid of spoons…I feel alittle better now thanks 🙂

  • Isabella Serafina

    Well, on the plus side, he was drunk enough not to feel anything when he got hit. I bet he's afraid of trains in the next life, too!

  • Cannot stop yourself from asking stupid questions?

  • cplpunishment

    Morbid wrote “Helton” 5 times in the article each time it was spelled Helton and capitalized. This has gotten to be the most ignorant remark I have ever read. I have read the post 5 total times, Twice yesterday at 2:10 and 3 times today and did not see anything grammatically wrong or in err with it. You Sir are a rock.

    Please return to the rock from which under thine came.

  • Eracsurfer

    Sorry Morbid, but you must reliquish your Pulitzer.

    The idiot is in fact partially correct, even though you have the correct name throughout the article, the tag has the name as Heston.

    Not that it has any bearing on anything at all.

    Forgive me oh mighty one.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    I think we have a Darwin Award winner!

  • Love Life

    Thanks for being the first person to admit that you have made stupid decisions in your life. Everyone does. I have read posting from six different web posting of the article and was amazed by all the cruel comments. Seriously people, Darwinism??? Are you trying to prove that you remember something that you were taught in 9th grade! Justin was not stupid, he was drunk. If you have ever drove a 100 miles an hour in your car, played chicken with a car, stood near a moving train, jumped off a roof, touch a wild animal, or any other dangerous act, than you have made decisions that could have ended in death. Be thankful that your bad decisions didn't end in death, and stop taking pleasure in the misfortune of other! God will be the judge of a persons worth, not you! (Mel most of this was not directed at you just to be clear lol)

  • Ashley

    This is my friends cousin :/ very sad

  • cplpunishment

    Well I stand corrected the idiot has a point.

  • shaybytheway

    Opinions are like assholes. And since what we say don't make you shit, you shouldn't get so emotionally involved.

  • Count Rackula

    I heart you real good, Shay. Every day of my life! 🙂

  • Love Life

    I guess you failed to consider that mine isn't an opinion. He was my friend. So I have every right to be emotionally involved! Maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions! God bless!

  • cplpunishment

    Jeebus that is one of the craziest things I have ever read. We pulled some crazy crap but this takes the Prozac Pie Award!!!!!!!!!

  • shaybytheway

    I won't argue with a person who is obviously grieving. However it's a little asinine to come here and attempt to reprimand people for their opinion.

    The fact that we've all done stupid things doesn't stop anyone from forming an opinion about your friend.

    P.S. Sorry for your loss.

  • DogBitez

    I lived right up against Chatsworth Park, went to Chatsworth High. I know that tunnel… I have a few squished coins from those tracks. I never did what you did though. I just spent weekends looking for “Shorty” Shea's body (one of Charlie Manson's victims). My friend and I were convinced we'd find his bones behind the rocks at the far West end of the park. We were dweebs, obviously.

  • DogBitez

    I'm sorry about the loss of your friend.

    However… “If you have ever drove a 100 miles an hour in your car, played chicken with a car, stood near a moving train, jumped off a roof, touch a wild animal, or any other dangerous act, than you have made decisions that could have ended in death.”

    Uh, no. I haven't done any of those things. And I have been plenty ripped on occasions in my life. Never once, no matter how drunk, have I ever decided to pet a rattlesnake, touch a moving train, jump off my roof, or play chicken with a car. I'm more the “I love you shoooo mush…” kind of annoyingly talkative and emotionally “open” kind of drunk.

    Something tells me this guy subconsciously/unconsciously was flirting with the idea of death anyway. Maybe, maybe not.

  • AJ

    A young man died, it was a stupid/drunken mistake. Really nice how all of you seem to think it's so funny.

  • DogBitez

    I don't know this guy. He might have been the nicest person in world. He might have been the biggest prick. But his death came as a result of a stupid, drunken decision to “slap” a train. And that's really just one step above deciding to go one-on-one with a Grizzly Bear because you've watched enough Chuck Norris movies to think you've learned a move or two. These types of deaths are what help keep a lot of people on the straight and narrow. I don't want to die from an overdose of pills while sitting on the crapper. Know what I mean?

    If I get drunk and somehow get it into my head that I can stop a Greyhound bus full of tourists, using only my psychic powers (of which I have none) while standing directly in its 55 mph path, than I give you all full permission to laugh your fucking asses off. Not that you'd wait for my go-ahead. 😉

  • Mysticeviewer

    This would fall into “A laughing fit” if it wasn't for the fact he died. So I am just laughing. Good God. What kind of folks hang around train tracks Drunk. I have had some drunk friends start to do stupid shit and “we” “friends” always managed to stop them when it got to deadly stupid. Poor guy should have picked better people to hang with.

  • Mysticviewer

    Oh and it's mysticviewer…..durn it. Maybe I can find where I sign in.

  • Scottish5588

    Im glad you think its funny that such a good person was taking from this earth from his parents, friends, and family at such an early age. Sure it wasnt a good decision on his part, but do we not all make bad choices when we are drunk? Just imagine being one of the people that saw his death, or talking to him 3 hours before it happened like I did. He was a hell of a guy and would do anything to help anyone. So fuck you for making jokes upon someone death, death is never a joke no matter who it is. Have a good day tomorrow with your friends and family while im at his funeral trying to comfort his mourning mother and father and friends that loved him.

  • pikeman

    That's messed up, he has the same birthday as me. That would suck, not only getting killed on your birthday, but also dying from a very stupid act. Known forever as being stupid and dead on your b-day, the same b-day I have. Damn, that's shitty,

  • pikeman

    You criticize these people, but you thought it was no big deal when that puppy was shot with a crossbow, if you are the same AJ. Hard saying, but if you are, you're an asshole. I kind of agree with you on this post, but it still pisses me off on an old post that you called that poor puppy “just a fucking dog” after it was shot by some fucktard with a crossbow. Insensitive asshole!

  • Parrot Toes (kathybird)

    Natural selection, plain and simple.