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Dangerous Train Surfing Can Lead To Electrocution

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Melbourne is facing a troubling train surfing epidemic, with the number of cases more than doubling in the past two years.

In the past four months, 87 people have been busted for train surfing, while so far in January a person a day has thumbed their noses at the $293 fine, the Herald Sun reported.

Metro spokesman Chris Whitefield confirmed the train operator continued to battle the “dangerous and stupid” trend, with 20 caught either train surfing, or trying to climb on to the outside of trains in January alone.

More incidents are believed to go unreported, but perpetrators often share their exploits on social networks or leave graffiti tags as a notorious reminder.

Two years ago, former trains operator Connex said it was concerned when train surfing reports jumped from just three to nine per month.

In response, Connex began targeting schools, sending staff to warn students of the danger, particularly along the Frankston, Lilydale and Pakenham lines, which were the most frequently surfed.

While the latest alarming statistics more than double the rate of those reports, Metro said the higher rates could reflect previously unreported people being nabbed.

And while no one had died surfing trains recently, Mr Whitefield said, “That doesn’t change the fact that it is extremely dangerous.”

In 2008, a train surfer’s body was found on the roof of a carriage at Flinders St station, after apparently being electrocuted somewhere between Werribee and Newport.

Many more would-be train surfers are believed to have been injured.

In September last year, police released shocking footage of a pair of train surfers spotted riding the rails on an Eltham-bound train, between Jolimont and Clifton Hill.

“Attempting to ride on the outside of a moving train is both dangerous and stupid, and it can undermine the safety of the network,” Mr Whitefield said.

He said in most cases, train surfers rode on the rear of a train as it sped through the city network.

Metro was relying on the work of staff and public reports to catch perpetrators, he said.

“It’s something we’re working to stamp out, to prevent people doing it.”

Story via HeraldSun.com.au

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Man Electrocuted Traveling on Top of Train

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Mumbai, India –  A 25-year-old man on the rooftop of a local was electrocuted in Vasai this morning, railway officials said.

The victim Aviram Chaudhari, who was travelling in a Borivali bound local, died at around 0830 hours, they said.

“The person was electrocuted as he was travelling on therooftop of Virar-Borivali train this morning. It is really sad that despite creating awareness about the risk of travelling on rooftop, people travel on it,” Western Railway Chief PROSharat Chandrayan said.

“The victim was badly burnt so we had to switch off powerto bring him down from the roof. We have informed his familymembers,” Chandrayan said.

Story via NewsOneIndia.com

Homeless Man Electrocuted on Rail Tracks

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY – An apparently homeless man was electrocuted on the third rail at the 1 train tracks at the 181st Street station Thursday, officials said.

A conductor on a northbound 1 train spotted the man, who officials have not identified, standing in the path of the oncoming train at the St. Nicholas Ave. and 181st Street station shortly after 8 a.m., according to Transit Supervisor John Boldt.

The driver braked to a halt in time to avoid hitting the man, who ran toward the southbound tracks and was electrocuted on the third rail, Bolt said.

Workers cut down the power to the third rail immediately, and sent crews in to retrieve the body and bring it back to the platform, where medical personnel were waiting, Boldt said. The man was not identified.

The MTA did not immediately return calls for comment.

The description of events differs from what a transit worker at the subway station described earlier, in a version of events that did not end in the man’s death.

Service on the 1 train was restored shortly after 9:30 a.m., witnesses said.

Boldt said the conductor of the northbound 1 train and another conductor of a southbound train that was further away from the scene will follow protocol and be tested for drugs and alcohol, even though it does not appear they did anything wrong.

Both conductors have requested medical attention because they are so shaken up by the gruesome death, Boldt said.

Story via DNAInfo.com
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Teen Boy Electrocuted Climbing Train in Australia

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

GLADSTONE, AUSTRALIA –  A teenage boy is dead after being electrocuted while climbing a coal train near Glenlyon Road yesterday morning.

Gladstone district Inspector Graham Coleman said this morning shortly before 7am a Queensland Rail coal train was travelling along a section of track when the driver saw a young man sitting on the side of the track.

“The young bloke has jumped up and waved the train down and according to procedures, the train stopped,” he said.

“Police had been in the area in relation to another job. We attended the scene.

“Basically the driver’s lost sight of the young fella.”

Insp Coleman said police and the driver tried the find the teenager, not wanting to move the train in case he was underneath.

He said after completing the search and not finding the boy, searchers were alerted to a noise coming from the top of the train where the boy was found.

Insp Coleman said police had been looking for the teenager prior to the train incident.

“We received information that he was driving in a vehicle and we were looking for him,” he said.

“At no time did we find him but some Queensland Rail employees brought the attention to us that his vehicle was actually stuck in bushland. We responded to it. We found the car but we didn’t find him and then at some stage he’s made his way from where his car was to the rail line.

“I understand it belonged to the family.”

Investigations are continuing.

UPDATE: THE funeral for teenager Brent McDonald who was electrocuted on Saturday will be held tomorrow.

The funeral will be held at 10am Friday at Boyne-Tannum.

Brent died when he was electrocuted while climbing a coal train near Glenlyon Road.

Police received information on Saturday that Brent was driving a car and went looking for him.

Queensland Rail employees contacted police to say that Brent’s car was stuck in bushland.

Police searched the area but did not find him.

Eventually his body was found on top of the coal train.

The 15-year-old was a student at Gladstone State High School.

Tributes flowed over the weekend on Brent’s facebook page from friends and family who knew and loved the local youth.

Story via GladstoneObserver.com.au

11 Year Old Boy Electrocuted by 11,000 Volts in Pennsylvania