The Sun Break compares our headline favorably to the Times:
But in the Times headlines, light rail is always implicitly the agent of destruction: light rail “injures two” (who tried to make an illegal left turn in front of a sign marked No Left Turn), a woman “sustain[ed] injury” when she ran into the light rail, and a girl talking on her cellphone who stepped into the trackway was “struck by light-rail train.” In none of these cases did the illegality, incompetence, or obliviousness of the person who caused the accident make it into the headline.
I think it’s imp0rtant to point out that headlines at The Seattle Times are not written by the authoring reporter, so the blame usually falls on a nameless editor rather than Mike Lindblom or whomever reported the piece in this case (“Seattle Times staff”). There’s also no reason to blame a vast anti-rail conspiracy rather than simple sloppy thinking.
Still, this kind of thing matters. Whether I’m browsing a newspaper in print, on Twitter, or on their website, I’ll read a fraction of the stories; for the ones I don’t care about as much, the headline forms my entire impression of the issue. Inaccuracies like this one affect the perception of the vast majority of readers that don’t follow the subject closely.