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(Gawker)   Experts say that the best advice for people who fall onto subway tracks is to run to the end of platform, also make sure to smile big   ( gawker.com) divider line
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2012-12-05 10:45:38 AM  
3 votes:
I was on the platform waiting for the same train as this guy. You can be sure that he wasn't smiling.

He was fighting for his life, probably thinking about his little daughter or son waiting by the door for him to get home that evening. Or how he'd been working really hard lately, dedicating himself to his recovery, and how it was all starting to pay off. Or what his wife would like for Christmas.

Looking into his face was like looking through a rip in the very fabric of reality. Underneath our thoughts and emotions is the primal energy that flees insecurity and death with every ounce of its power. I haven't been able to get the spiralling look in his eyes, like hypnotic circles, out of my mind.

I really wish that I could've grabbed him and pulled him up, but it all just looked so surreal in the viewfinder of my iPhone.
2012-12-05 10:40:57 AM  
2 votes:

Jon iz teh kewl: If 660 volts is enough to kill a person what the fark are cops doing with 1000000 volt tasters

You don't seem that current on basic E&M physics.
2012-12-05 10:38:51 AM  
2 votes:

kumanoki: Train platforms in Japan are built with recesses underneath the platforms that you can get in if you fall or get pushed onto the tracks.

You'd think that would be standard everywhere. That said if no train is coming, you might as well go for the oh shiat ladder opposite the end to where the train arrives.

/also as I said in the other thread, a couple cheap cameras scanning the track and doing automatic obstruction detection would also work
//the falling person should be easy to capture via edge detection and then just start tripping red signals or autobraking the trains
2012-12-05 12:45:09 PM  
1 vote:

whizbangthedirtfarmer: how would you know for certain which direction to run before the train appears?

Unless you're at a terminal station (WTC for the E, Times Square for the 7 etc), trains usually come from your left when you're standing on the platform facing the tracks (there may be a few exceptions). When in doubt head to the nearest green/red signal.

/before reading this, my first instinct would also probably be to try to climb right back to the platform
2012-12-05 11:24:25 AM  
1 vote:

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Why do the trains come into the stations going so fast that they can't stop is someone has fallen onto the tracks? Do they really think that someone's impatience in needing to get where they're going is more important that a life?

A R32 NY Subway car has a mass of 36,260 kilograms. A train of four of them weighs in at 145,040 kilograms. The subway system would have to creep into a station not to have the momentum to squish someone.
2012-12-05 11:13:15 AM  
1 vote:
They need to get those mariachi bands out of the subway.
2012-12-05 11:12:53 AM  
1 vote:

Jon iz teh kewl: i KNOW that. i'm just pointing out the fact that the person writing this article is a douchebag for saying something is DANGEROUS because it is a few hundred VOLTS.

Fair point although I'd say it makes sense from a readability point of view here since it's an implied comparison against other high amp sources (including car batteries). The alternative is to mentions that it's both high voltage and high current which seems pointlessly pedantic in this case to me.
2012-12-05 10:51:07 AM  
1 vote:

BronyMedic: Guys, I've been doing some digging, and I found live video of this poor man's death. I warn you, it's NSFW and totally graphic, he literally gets gibbed by the train.

Graphic Train Station Security Footage

I'll take your word for it.
2012-12-05 10:39:22 AM  
1 vote:
The trains only go about 45 mph, right? If you run away, and the train slows to 30, 20 or 10 before it hits you, there has to be a point where you can jump and cling to the front without falling under the wheels. Someone call MythBusters.
2012-12-05 10:39:18 AM  
1 vote:

cgraves67: All right, big smiles everyone. On the count of three say "ChooChoo!"

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2012-12-05 10:33:21 AM  
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