Friday, June 27, 2008

Inbox

Wow. Check out this very sad e-mail I got from a pal in the wee hours of the morning:

So, as a first during my long residence in New York , tonight I was on a train that actually ran over somebody. I don’t know if he jumped or fell but I was on the express so I suspect it was his own doing. Those trains can stop really fast – I had no idea.

We had to wait for almost an hour while the NYPD and FDNY did their thing and they had to turn off the electricity while they removed the remains so it was hot. The subway guys were great, though – they kept us informed about what was going on with announcements every few minutes.

A surreal experience.

1 comment:

Countervail said...

I had the same thing happen to me. We were coming into the Lexington station on the E express and just after we were pulling into the station the train reeled on the brakes.

We didn't know what happened at first but I was in the front car, FRONT, and people started whispering that they saw someone fall onto the tracks as were coming into the station. The police immediately began swarming into the station, clearing out people. The passengers were held in the train until the police had secured the platform. They then had us travel several cars back through the train before they allowed us to exit and head to street level. I was in the car that basically went right over him.

It was devastating. Not that I knew the person but thinking that some poor schmuck, on his way to work has an accident and then that's the end. Like an episode of Dead Like Me. I was numb the whole day and tried to follow up the news reports (which were very sparse leading me to think it happens more often than we realize) and it seem he had either fallen by accident or got knocked off balance by other passengers.

I NEVER stand close to the edge when a train is pulling into a station and cringe when I see people walking along the platform so blithely unaware of the danger.

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