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June 29, 2007

Update: Booted Diabetic Found Alive

Thank god

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- A 65-year-old St. Louis man who went missing Sunday night after Amtrak personnel, mistaking his diabetic shock for drunk and disorderly behavior, kicked him off a train in the middle of a national forest, has been found two miles from where he was dropped off, according to police in Williams, Ariz.

Police said Roosevelt Sims, a factory worker who had just retired last week, was discovered Thursday night walking along the railroad tracks barefoot by Coconino County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies said he was dehydrated and disoriented.

Posted by Mr. Bingley at June 29, 2007 10:17 AM


I'm not often a fan of bigass lawsuits, but one definitely seems justified here.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at June 29, 2007 12:04 PM

Well, I don't know. First of all, I'm glad they found him and he's ok. But, Amtrak didn't just throw him off the train, they stopped and then waited for police to arrive. When the police showed up, Sims then fled into the woods. Which begs another question; If where they stopped was two miles from the nearest road, how did the police get there? Walking? Horseback?

Posted by: Dave E. at June 29, 2007 12:49 PM

How could someone be able to run away when in diabetic shock? I thought people in that condition eventually just keeled over and went into a coma. I'm just a tad skeptical about this story. It sounds like a version of the "I'm hypoglycemic" excuse people who eat too much give.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 30, 2007 07:01 AM

Another good reason to stay the hell offa Amtrak.

Posted by: mojo at July 2, 2007 04:32 PM