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Like the sea ..... one has to have "respect" for trains, they are mighty creatures! They may have a human driver, but don`t take his vigilance for granted! .. and warn your children about this.

Someone I know had their leg cut off by a trains wheels, and the other leg broken. He tried to board the train - the door would not open - obviously the driver was about to take off. (do they lock the doors then?)

It was early morning, the first morning train, platform was moist ..... somehow (we dont know exactly how or why, yet) he slipped and fell down between the platform and the train, and the train began to move out.

The person with him grabbed and held his body and eventually got him out and onto the platform, minus his foot, the other leg broken at the thigh, and a few other minor mutilations.

Fortunately help arrived within minutes and the victim was airlifted to hospital.

What astounded ME was the fact that the train driver seems not to have checked his mirror (they do have mirrors?) to check the platform before simply pulling off. What if a mother had loaded her small child, paused, and been left behind? What if a cripple was having problems boarding?
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:14
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Re: Trains

Have you seen the length of some of those trains? there's no possible way to see with a mirror, of any kind.

When the doors are open as the train is about to depart, there is a siren of sorts, and a flashing light on most trains... your scenario couldn't happen as the door would have to be open, which would light an indicator for the driver and he wouldn't be able to leave.

Very sorry to hear about the accident, but I can't help wondering how exactly one would get so close to a train that is obviously about to leave. He must have been in physical contact with the train, as the doors were closed, and the train started moving...
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What astounded ME was the fact that the train driver seems not to have checked his mirror (they do have mirrors?) to check the platform before simply pulling off. What if a mother had loaded her small child, paused, and been left behind? What if a cripple was having problems boarding?
I hesitate to ask, but how does one manage to board a moving train these days? The doors are closed shut, the light goes off... and one simply cannot get aboard any longer (although this may be different in older trains).

Plus, if somebody is no longer on the platform, they will not be visible to the driver...

Anyways, it is always tragic if accidents like these happen!
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Have you seen the length of some of those trains? there's no possible way to see with a mirror, of any kind.

When the doors are open as the train is about to depart, there is a siren of sorts, and a flashing light on most trains... your scenario couldn't happen as the door would have to be open, which would light an indicator for the driver and he wouldn't be able to leave.

Very sorry to hear about the accident, but I can't help wondering how exactly one would get so close to a train that is obviously about to leave. He must have been in physical contact with the train, as the doors were closed, and the train started moving...
Oh sorry, I did not describe the scenario sufficiently.

The station here is the last stop, so the train is just sitting there waiting for the time to leave. It has 3 carriages, all in a straight line down the platform. A very short train with the entire platform visible at all times.

Of course he was in physical contact with the train - he was pressing the button to open the door. The doors are shut, they only open for passengers pressing the button, they do not stay open. They whooze closed after a few minutes.

Why I have written this here, on this forum, is simply to say ...... be vigilant when attempting to board a train, and don`t take your safety for granted.

There are "sirens and flashing lights" when a train is about to depart? Realy...? I have always been amazed at how silently the trains begin to move off.
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Old 30.05.2011, 14:44
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I hesitate to ask, but how does one manage to board a moving train these days? The doors are closed shut, the light goes off... and one simply cannot get aboard any longer (although this may be different in older trains).

Plus, if somebody is no longer on the platform, they will not be visible to the driver...

Anyways, it is always tragic if accidents like these happen!
Actually, it was last month, when I observed how a train started to depart with one person trying to hop on an open door.
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Actually, it was last month, when I observed how a train started to depart with one person trying to hop on an open door.
Was it an S-Train? Must have been an older model?! I could be mistaken, but these days the trains close shut before they are able to pull out of the station...
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Was it an S-Train? Must have been an older model?! I could be mistaken, but these days the trains close shut before they are able to pull out of the station...
No, it was a regular train....possibly an inter-regio.
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No, it was a regular train....possibly an inter-regio.
Sh...sugar. I thought they took care of that.. Hope this serves as a caution for others at least..
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