At 3:30 PM on Wednesday, someone committed suicide in what is probably the most common way in Japan, by throwing themselves in front of a train as it approaches station platforms. This incident took place on Tokyo‘s Yamanote rail line, and while, tragically, suicide by train is practically an everyday occurrence in Japan, a couple of pictures began spreading on the internet giving a close look at the train’s damaged windshield, resulting in an outpouring of sympathy for the driver, who must certainly be traumatized.
The accident occurred at the Shinagawa station, and only minutes after the images began appearing on social networks such as Twitter. A couple of the pictures show the procedure that police and station workers go through to put up screens in preparation for medical crews and investigators. Because this is something that happens far too often, the employees know this process very well. Service to the station was closed for an hour or so while they carried out the “clean-up,” then the trains resumed.
The victim’s identity has not been formally revealed, however several witnesses have commented that it was a man who appeared to be 50-60 years old, and that it was clear he intentionally jumped in front of the train. When “human accidents” like this place, many Twitter users begin posting message about the delays in service as a way of warning other commuters, but once the pictures began circulating, people’s posts started to change as well. Many left comments about how “horrific” and “incredibly sad” the incident was, as well as concern for the driver, who had the closest experience of all.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, help, including phone numbers and information about support groups, can be found at suicide.org. For those residing in Japan, the same help can be found right here.
[via Rocket News]
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