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Letter to the editor: Suicide by train tragedy, too, for engineers

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:01 am

There seems to be a rash of train-related deaths lately, and there needs to be something said about these tragedies that most people don’t think about. When someone dies at the hands of a locomotive, it is not just the deceased who are the victims; it is also the train engineer and conductor.

These men and women have to watch these tragedies in real time, and it isn’t easy. Imagine driving your car down the highway at 65 mph and seeing another human being in your path and all of a sudden you can’t steer or stop your car – not an easy feeling to imagine.

I feel terrible for the couple who recently decided life wasn’t worth living so they decided to jump in front of a train; however, I feel equally as terrible for the people on that train who were forced to take their lives for them. I’ll bet this couple, along with many others in the past ho have decided to commit “suicide by train” never gave one thought to the others their choice would affect.

These engineers and conductors are forced to play this tragic role many times during their careers. It has deeply affected many of them, to the point that some of them can no longer do their jobs.

People need to be more aware; trains aren’t new to us, they run on tracks, it takes them the length of a football field to stop, and there are human beings running these engines that have feelings and emotions just like you do.

Paula Blauvelt