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Michelle Young – Mar 26
I debated about making another thread called “Suicide is a Global Problem” and, while the title is a good one in my mind, I can’t. Suicide is mentioned so much in several threads here, with the plethora of suicide bombers and suicides related to rape, to bullying, to abuse, to any number of issues including the economic stresses of Indian farmers, I simply can’t open a new thread without negating all of the other suicides noted in this thread and the others. However, this will be the global problem one with technology potentially taking a back seat. don’t take that as a negation of the seriousness of the problem. It’s simply because everywhere we look, the issue is prevalent.
The following took place today (my today…it was on the 25th).
1 dead, 4 injured in New Brunswick train station incident; NJ Transit resumes service after delays
Originally published: March 25, 2014 6:06 PM
Updated: March 25, 2014 8:59 PM
NEW BRUNSWICK – Multiple people have been injured after witnesses say a man leaned into the path of a train at an NJ Transit station.
A New York-bound train with 300 people aboard struck a man who had been standing on the platform. Officials say he was killed, and four passengers on the platform were struck by body parts. Three people were taken to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. One refused treatment.
No one on the train was injured.
New Jersey – Suicide by Train
There’s a video on the page for this story that talks about this having been a suicide “just before 5.” I debated about the time. They wouldn’t have said “just before 5” if it had been closer to 4:30. So the time had to have been after 4:45. I used 4:50 and 4:55 and chose arbitrarily to use 4:55. The two charts are not appearing significantly changed enough to linger on which time was most likely the one.
I will be analyzing this chart today. I’ve got several posts I need to make today. Astounding ones that will require my attention and analysis so I need to get to sleep and get some decent hours in, and it’s already 3:15. I’ll post the rest of this, sleep, and then return for the analysis later.
Michelle Young – Mar 26
I have to tell you, as I read these stories, my jaw dropped. Where I live, stories like these are incredibly rare. But I live in a small community. Major cities tend to have the jawdroppers more readily. But this news, not “just” a suicide. This is straight out of a horror flick. Be forewarned. I’m going to show two more stories, one more detailed than the one I just showed. The other on some shocking news that simply boggles the mind. It’s all related to suicide.
Man Struck, Killed By NJ TRANSIT Train In New Brunswick; 3 Hurt By Flying Body Parts
March 25, 2014 11:23 PM
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man was struck and killed as he leaned into the path of a NJ TRANSIT train at the New Brunswick station Tuesday afternoon.
Three others were hospitalized after they were hit by the man’s flying body parts.
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the accident happened just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. A Penn Station-bound Northeast Corridor train hit and killed the man, according to NJ TRANSIT.
The man was not on the tracks. Eyewitnesses said he was leaning into the path of the train from the platform when he was struck.
The train came to a sudden stop when the man was struck. Jill Tice walked up moments afterward.
“When I got to the platform and looked down, I could see the trail marks; blood, as if somebody was dragged. And then I saw the cell phone, his hat, his gloves,” she said.
Four others were struck by parts of the man’s body when the train hit him. One refused medical attention, while three others were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening injuries.
“They were on stretchers — and one guy was just, you know, laying straight, but his eyes were open. He had the neck brace on,” Tice said.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, it was a sickening scene by all accounts. Eddie Williams, who was standing at nearby, said he did not know why the man leaned off the platform.
“Really hard to say because he was leaning, and he never really left his feet,” he said.
About 300 customers were on the train at the time. No one on the train was injured, NJ TRANSIT said.
The riders were later transferred onto a different train so they could continue on.
“They didn’t tell us what happened,” said Lola Leo of New Brunswick. “They just said an Amtrak train got delayed and stopped, and we would have to wait and we would have to wait a few more minutes. But it was pretty slow.”
While investigators spent much of the evening on the platform — frequent train passengers worried Tuesday night how an accident like this could happen.
“I have not seen someone stand that close to the train on the platform, because there is a warning sign, and common sense would tell you not to stand close to that place,” Leo said.
“There’s nowhere to step back from the train when you can actually feel the train pulling you in, and they need to do something about that,” added Tice.
Following the accident, Northeast Corridor service was suspended between Penn Station and Trenton. Amtrak service was also affected.
Service later resumed, but was delayed for hours afterward.
Michelle Young – Mar 26
NJ Transit troubled by rise in rail suicides
October 20, 2013, 11:36 PM Last updated: Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:02 AM
By JIM NORMAN
Train Station Suicide Prevention Posters
Michael Karas/Staff Photographer
NJ Transit has posted the suicide hotline number at all of its 164 rail stations, such as this sign at the Rutherford Train Station, and is working with local and state suicide prevention agencies to promote suicide awareness.
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.
While the total number of deaths this year is not out of line with figures from recent years, suicides already far exceed those recorded in each of the last five years, Durso said.
Last year, 16 people committed suicide and one was killed by accident. Thirteen deaths were classified as confirmed or possible suicides in each of the preceding three years — 2011, 2010 and 2009 — Durso said, and 12 deaths were classified as suicides in 2008.
In the most recent instance of a suicide by train in North Jersey, a 39-year-old Dumont man lay on the tracks last Monday as a Newark-bound CSX freight train consisting of two locomotives and 89 cars carrying new automobiles bore down on him at the West Madison Avenue crossing in Dumont. Witness screamed at the man in a vain effort to get him to move, but the train was unable to stop in time and thundered over him, authorities said.
CSX officials were not immediately available to quantify the suicide problem as it relates to the freight carrier’s tracks and trains.
Durso said NJ Transit “has employed a focus toward preventing accidental injuries and deaths along the systems we operate.”
Those efforts seemed to be reflected in the numbers, at least until they started rising again this year. Accidental deaths by train along the agency’s rail lines spiked at 16 in 2009, and they had dropped steadily to just one last year before rising again to six so far this year, Durso said.
It’s impossible to say what may be behind the rise in train suicides, but it may simply be a reflection of an apparent increase in suicide in general. A recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the annual suicide rate for people between ages 35 and 64 increased by more than 28 percent from 1999 to 2010.
And experts working with organizations to combat the rising trend say there is some concern that media reports may lead to an increase in so-called “copycat” suicides.
“We’re very concerned that media reporting about a particular method of suicide increases the likelihood of using that method,” said Jill Harkavy-Friedman, senior director of research for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Harkavy-Friedman cited a recent article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health titled “Increasing Railway Suicide after Acts of Media Coverage,” which concluded that “media coverage of a fatal accident appears to affect subsequent railway suicide numbers.”
Phil Lubitz, the associate director of the New Jersey chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said he has noticed what he called a “contagion” of people committing suicide by standing in front of trains, and also jumping off bridges.
“Sometimes a suicide will lead to another suicide, and that also can contribute to the method of suicide,” he said.
Lubitz said media attention can help spur policymakers to take steps to prevent suicides, including increasing security in the locations where they take place. He questioned whether many people know about a new state suicide-prevention hotline.
“We need to bring attention to it,” he said. “We need to do a better job of advertising suicide hotlines.”
In an effort to combat the rise in track suicides, Durso said NJ Transit has posted the suicide hotline number at all of its 164 rail stations and is working with local and state suicide prevention agencies to promote suicide awareness.
The placard advertising the NJ Hopeline says in large type, “You’re Not Alone,” and asks, “Feeling Desperate, Depressed or Suicidal?” It features the telephone number 855-654-6735.
The Hopeline, which is the state’s first suicide hotline, went into service on May 1. People who call the hotline, which is operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, are connected to a trained professional or volunteer and never to an automated routing device, said Jennifer Velez, commissioner of the state Department of Human Services.
“It’s important for residents who are feeling alone, desperate or in distress to have a safe outlet,” Velez said. “Using trained counselors who are based in New Jersey helps callers to relate easier and can help lead to fewer suicides.”
Among its efforts to call attention to unsafe conditions around train tracks, NJ Transit makes presentations at schools, and has produced three short videos, which can be viewed on its website, njtransit.com.
In one of them, titled “It’s Your Choice,” a train engineer, Melvin Caban, tells of the experience of hitting a person on the tracks. “One moment, you’re running your train,” Caban says. “The next moment, you see something quickly, something get in front of your train. Then you hear a thump. At that point, you’re wondering what could it have been. But you know what you saw.”
Another NJ Transit engineer, Tom Haas, appears in a video called “You Don’t Win.”
“Once I’ve applied the emergency brake, there’s nothing more I can do,” Haas says in the video. “That sickening thump that you know is somebody’s life has just ended.”
Lt. Richard Marinelli of the NJ Transit police is shown in a film called “You’re Dead” holding up a small plastic sandwich bag. “Once you’re hit by a train,” Marinelli says, “this is the size bag that we’ll use to collect what’s left of you on the tracks.”
Staff Writer Abbott Koloff contributed to this article.
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