25.2.04

THE UNSEEN CASUALTIES OF TRAIN WRECKS. Live from the Third Rail discovers that trains frequently offer distressed people an easy exit from this life. In Botswana, the practice is so common that the authorities are pleading with the citizenry to choose something less messy for their suicides, such as a tree. The Ministry of Transport is now offering counseling to train crews. Quite right. In any collision between a train and a pedestrian or a motor vehicle, the train crew is likely to walk away, after having to help clear the mess out from beneath the leading truck, and answering questions from investigators more accustomed to rubber-tired transport (some cops have asked train crews about evasive action, can you believe it?) and having to complete the run and then go home to have nightmares ...

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