Parker: Train suicides more common, help is out there
The message caused havoc and concern inside Trenton Transit Center Thursday just after commuters boarded the 7:12 train headed north to New York City.
“Due to police activity near Edison, all train service to New York City is suspended.”
Police activity on New Jersey Transit rail lines means a fatality or serious injury, frequently as suicide attempts.
The Thursday event occurred in Metuchen when a person died after being struck by a New Jersey Transit train. The entire Northeast Corridor line was suspended for about 90 minutes.
Commuters inside the Trenton Transit Center scrambled for alternative travel. Some exited onto Walnut Ave. for cab service. Others made phone calls to offices or loved ones.
And other train riders, plus, NJ Transit employees accepted their fate. They found seating, eyed iPhones. Some even engaged in the lost human art of conversation.
• In April, NJ Transit’s rail service on the Northeast Corridor line closed between Metro Park and Trenton after an Amtrak “trespasser” fatality at the New Brunswick station.
• On July 24, A 34-year-old Woodbridge man died after being struck by a train near the Metropark train Station. Police ruled his death a suicide.
Federal Railroad Administration estimated that more than 300 people attempted suicide by train in 2017 with 266 dying.
These deaths on rail lines identify as “trespasser fatalities.” Why? It’s all about potential lawsuits. The law determines any person found on railroad tracks at any location other than a designated crossing, for any reason, is a trespasser. If any of the people in the accidents mentioned above are determined to be trespassers, the railroad cannot be held responsible for its negligence, according to a post by Sugarman Law Firm.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The outreach commits to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 (800) 273-8255.
A death on the tracks in Metuchen Thursday suspended train traffic north from Trenton, causing travel problems and concerns for commuters at Trenton Transit Center.
L.A. Parker Columnist