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The train usually wins

PM writes:
This past spring, I was waiting for my train at West Concord, and as it came towards us, a woman on the opposite side walked towards the crossing as if she were going to cut over to make the train.

Impossible, we thought--the train's too close. She looked as if she had decided against it, and she walked over to the Metro paper box, got a paper, and to the shock and dismay of all, marched right across the tracks directly in front of the oncoming train. It was so unexpected, we didn't even have a chance to look away.

She was so close to the front of the train (I would estimate 2 feet max), she was lit up by the headlights. She wasn't killed, but it was pretty damned close.

The train stopped short, the engineer got out, and marched down the platform. I asked him if he was alright. "Oh, _I'm_ alright," he said. As we got on the train, he asked the conductor if she knew which person had crossed in front of the train. We all filed in and sat down while they walked through each car, looking for a woman with a green backpack. I was sitting two or three seats behind a woman with a green backpack and just as I began to wonder if it was her, the conductor asked her pleasantly, "Did you just run in front of the train?" Calm as you please, she admitted she had. Meanwhile, _my_ heart was still trying to beat out of my chest! The conductor's face instantly became stern and she barked, "You have to get off right now. You almost gave the engineer a heart attack." When the woman got off, the engineer was waiting to give her whatfor, and he did.

That was probably the most frightening thing I've ever seen. A woman was almost run over right in front of me! I've never seen her on my train since. I hope she's too ashamed of herself ever to return, the idiot!


I had a similar experience on an inbound Green Line train at Beaconsfield station, where a middle-age woman ran right in front of the train that was just about to take off at full speed. The driver put on the brakes hard, jolting all the passengers including me. She had the deer-in-the-headlights look when this happened. Needless to say, he wouldn't let her on the train and moved on.

August 4, 2003 05:28 PM

The title should say "The Train ALWAYS wins."

Don't EVER play in the tracks becuse you could get killed.

August 26, 2003 08:06 AM

My friend was drunk out of his mind and ran right in front of a T. We started screaming at him to move, so he turned, sort of looked at the train and stepped out of the way right in time. Then he got on and left all of us to chase the T down and drag his butt off.

October 24, 2003 11:03 PM

Some strange feeling seized me when I read your comment, Kelly.
Does Kelly's post look strange here?
No. So Kelly, what is the point in your comment?
There always has to be some point.
Nothing personal tho.

February 2, 2004 05:04 PM

I should note that this situation is not as uncommon as one would think. A few years ago, a high school kid was killed by a train in Beverly on the Newburyport/Rockport line. In general, people do many irresponsible things on tracks. In the last year, I have twice been on an Amtrak that ran someone over. Additionally, I've been on trains that hit anything ranging from bathtubs and refrigerators to ATVs.

June 23, 2004 03:59 PM

Usually when there are objects like bathtubs or refrigerators on the tracks, you know it has to be some wise-ass punks putting the stuff there. (Growin up, I knew kids who did stuff like this for kicks.) A few years back I was riding the Woburn/Lowell train. As it neared North Station, it hit a shopping cart that was left on the tracks (right about where the Boston Sand & Gravel building is). The cart was jammed up under the front car, so we all had to get off the train and walk the rest of the way to North Station. Thank God it was just a Saturday trip into Boston instead of a workday morning commute!

September 19, 2004 03:20 AM

Hey ,,
no big deal but i thought on the T the subway lines if you step in front or on the tracks you will be shocked by the high power voltage they say is there could any on eanswer if this happend to those people

June 25, 2006 07:47 PM

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