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carne6808 Sep 2015 4:12 p.m. PST
Nick Bowler08 Sep 2015 5:34 p.m. PST

So sorry -- it must be hard to deal with.

So paint some figs and have a game with some good friends and forget about real life!!!!

Streitax Inactive Member09 Sep 2015 5:31 p.m. PST

Didn't we have an English member who got to clean up the trains after people committed suicide by train?

Granted, these don't appear to have been suicides, but the trauma is no less. Part of the problem, besides the urge to beat the train and save a few minutes, is that trains are so big they look farther away than they are and seem to be moving more slowly than they are. Safety first, America.

Jemima Fawr Inactive Member17 Sep 2015 4:36 p.m. PST

Sorry you had to deal with that. It's never easy, even when they deliberately killed themselves. I distinctly remember one train driver in tears on the phone as he was reporting the suicide of a man he'd just hit. He kept telling me over and over that all he saw afterwards was the man's shoes bouncing off down the track in front of him – truly awful.

Thankfully in the UK we have A LOT of fencing to keep people off the tracks and the British Transport Police are pretty robust at prosecuting those who do trespass (when they catch them), but tragedies still happen and the vast majority are suicides or mis-use of level crossings where roads or public footpaths cross the track.

I got to help pick up the bits of one successful suicide during one of my first days working on the railway (something now done by specialist cleanup teams, but then it was a bunch of railwaymen with big plastic bags, rubber gloves and long wooden tongs…). It wasn't my job, but my inspector roped me in while giving me the tour of the area… Thanks Boss… :(

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