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NJ Transit troubled by rise in rail suicides


NJ Transit troubled by rise in rail suicides
Sunday, October 20, 2013    Last updated: Monday October 21, 2013, 12:02 AM
The Record

Some people lie on the tracks in the path of an oncoming train. Some walk defiantly in the direction of a train as it hurtles toward them, or stand in place until they can look directly into the eyes of the terrified engineer.

Others walk along the tracks listening to music through earbuds, purposefully oblivious to the approaching train that will end their life.

However they do it, suicides by train are on the upswing in New Jersey, leading NJ Transit and the state Department of Human Services to work together with a sense of urgency on new programs aimed at stemming the tragic trend.

According to NJ Transit, 27 people have been fatally struck by the agency’s trains so far this year. Confirmed or possible suicides accounted for 21 of those deaths; six have been classified as accidental or of undetermined cause. Of the nine deaths so far this year on NJ Transit’s rail lines in Bergen and Passaic counties, all but one have been classified as confirmed or possible suicides, said agency spokesman John Durso Jr.

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4 thoughts on “NJ Transit troubled by rise in rail suicides

  1. I was on a train that killed someone. Didn’t feel a thing.

    Any sympathy I would have had for someone who has lost hope to the point of ending it all, was erased by the inconsiderate and attention whoreish way in which they decided to do it.

    And what’s the point? Nobody ever learns your name. Nobody cares. It just makes them three hours late for wherever they were going.

  2. It must be Obama’s fault

  3. It sounds harsh as we are talking about someone’s life, but I agree this is a very rude way to end it all. First of all, the trama you cause the guy driving the train is terrible. Why do that to someone who has done nothing to you? And as Rob noted, you have now delayed people on that train and trains behind it for several hours — maybe you caused a mother or father to miss their kid’s birthday party, recital, sporting event, etc. You might even deprive a mother or father the rare chance to read a book to their kid on a night they happened to get out of work early enough. Suicide is never the right answer, but if you are going to do it, try a less self-centered approach — at least this way the world won’t say “good riddance” about the jack-a$$ who, for example, made me miss my baby’s first steps.

  4. Basically I think anyone who kills themselves by any method is selfish and doesn’t give a damn about who they hurt.

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