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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Do Not try to Smoke on the Tube

Nasty cautionary tale for people trying to have a sly smoke on the London Underground.

No Smoking!! by Southern_Comfort

A Tube passenger was decapitated when he fell while standing between two carriages trying to have a cigarette. He opened an emergency door on a Metropolitan Line train at 1.30am on Saturday and stepped out to light up in the gap between his carriage and an adjoining one.

He fell onto the line and was dragged by the train travelling at 80km/h and his head was severed from his body.

A Tube worker who was on the train said: "A passenger was smoking between the carriages. He slipped and fell on to the tracks while the train was moving at 50mph. He was decapitated. This shows just how dangerous messing around between the carriages is.

"If this guy had waited ten minutes he'd still have been with us now
."

From the report in MSN's news, BTP (British Transport Police) believe his death was an accident and are not treating it as suspicious.

I am so not walking between carriages any more. It's interesting that this is actually illegal on the subway in Chicago. (Update: Heard from BTP that it's breaking a bye-law here too "Byelaw 10, part 3, states, "No person shall open a train door, or enter or leave any train, while it is in motion or between stations.")  Be careful and don't take risks to try to save time or flout safety rules.


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