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    Hey,
    Not sure why I felt the need to post this but I think its probably because it got to me so much.

    Yesterday my other half and my mate and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and go to Llandudno beach for the day. We all live around Chester so decided the train would be the best option. Get onto the train and settle down. We had gone through a few stations an arrived at Prestatyn station although we noticed the train stopped very sharply throwing us in our seats and only just on the platform. As soon as we looked out the window at the people on the station we knew something was very wrong. People were walking round looking awfully shocked and afraid. We had a paramedic on our train on the way to work who got off an instantly started looking under the train then we figured exactly what had happened. About 30 seconds later an announcement came saying that our train had been delayed indefinitely and that the doors had been locked due to a serious incident.
    Moments later the entire platform is flooded with police and fire and ambulance crews all looking under the back of the train where we were sat. After another few minutes the announcement came through that the service would be cancelled due to the previously mentioned serious incident. We were then told the doors were being unlocked and we were to leave the train and line up on the platform to be spoken to by the police. One of the worst parts for the passengers was leaving our carriage via the back door just meters away from the body.
    Once we had spoken to the police (and given names and contact numbers) we were escorted out under all the police tape into the carpark. As we stood waiting many more police cars started showing up. Soon after network rail and the coroner show up. We are them pushed back further out off the carpark as they were moving the body although we were still in full sight of the rails. After the train was moved forward several police officers held up a white sheet whilst the body was placed on the platform and then folded the remainder of the sheet round the body. The body was carried off to a waiting ambulance. The police stayed for another half hour spreading sand and searching bins etc. The station was then re opened with huge delays. We decided we didn't want to carry on to the beach after that so returned home. I just feel so sorry for the train driver who must have seen the person jump but not been able to do anything and also the emergency services and station staff who had to pick up what was left of the body afterwards. Also as a passenger who was on the train its horrible to think the train you were in actually killed someone then having to leave the train with the body in sight.

    Again I'm not sure why I wrote this post, possibly as I can't stop replaying it all in my head and writing is very therapeutic.

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation?

    Sorry about any wrong spellings or bad grammar - this whole post was typed on my phone.

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    Hey,
    Not sure why I felt the need to post this but I think its probably because it got to me so much.

    Yesterday my other half and my mate and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and go to Llandudno beach for the day. We all live around Chester so decided the train would be the best option. Get onto the train and settle down. We had gone through a few stations an arrived at Prestatyn station although we noticed the train stopped very sharply throwing us in our seats and only just on the platform. As soon as we looked out the window at the people on the station we knew something was very wrong. People were walking round looking awfully shocked and afraid. We had a paramedic on our train on the way to work who got off an instantly started looking under the train then we figured exactly what had happened. About 30 seconds later an announcement came saying that our train had been delayed indefinitely and that the doors had been locked due to a serious incident.
    Moments later the entire platform is flooded with police and fire and ambulance crews all looking under the back of the train where we were sat. After another few minutes the announcement came through that the service would be cancelled due to the previously mentioned serious incident. We were then told the doors were being unlocked and we were to leave the train and line up on the platform to be spoken to by the police. One of the worst parts for the passengers was leaving our carriage via the back door just meters away from the body.
    Once we had spoken to the police (and given names and contact numbers) we were escorted out under all the police tape into the carpark. As we stood waiting many more police cars started showing up. Soon after network rail and the coroner show up. We are them pushed back further out off the carpark as they were moving the body although we were still in full sight of the rails. After the train was moved forward several police officers held up a white sheet whilst the body was placed on the platform and then folded the remainder of the sheet round the body. The body was carried off to a waiting ambulance. The police stayed for another half hour spreading sand and searching bins etc. The station was then re opened with huge delays. We decided we didn't want to carry on to the beach after that so returned home. I just feel so sorry for the train driver who must have seen the person jump but not been able to do anything and also the emergency services and station staff who had to pick up what was left of the body afterwards. Also as a passenger who was on the train its horrible to think the train you were in actually killed someone then having to leave the train with the body in sight.

    Again I'm not sure why I wrote this post, possibly as I can't stop replaying it all in my head and writing is very therapeutic.

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation?

    Sorry about any wrong spellings or bad grammar - this whole post was typed on my phone.

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    This is tragic for you and everyone else involved. Don't feel bad about posting. It's good to get it off your chest. I am so sorry. You might want to consider talking to a professional about it.
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    That's such a horrible experience.
    I've never experienced such a situation, but I have a friend who witnessed a similar ordeal, only this time she was on the platform, not on the train, and could see the person approaching the end of the platform and jumping before anyone could stop him.
    OP, I really do feel for you, as well as the family/friends of the person. This is so traumatising, knowing a life was lost so nearby.
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    you were right that the train driver couldn't have done anything to prevent the suicide.. and neither could you

    it must have been unpleasant and traumatic but unfortunately some people don't see another way out and death by being hit by a train is the most effective

    see how you are for a few days. it's a natural reaction to feel shaken by the ordeal.
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    I was at a station with a drunk who couldn't walk anywhere and was out of his mind. I decided to help him towards a seat along the platform. Just as we got along the platform towards the seat he lurched for the track. I grabbed his rucksack but he had loads of beer bottles in it so I had to let him go or i'd fall with him. He fell right on the track and hit his head on one of the rails. A train was due to come any minute! Two of my mates jumped down as they saw what happened and I used his rucksack to pull him up. They sent police, ambulances and everything just for that

    I was also on a train where someone dropped a brick and it hit the driver's window and shattered everything. The driver was lucky as if it went through the roof it could have killed him and I read a story where that happened
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    (Original post by alistair404)
    Hey,
    Not sure why I felt the need to post this but I think its probably because it got to me so much.

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    I am really sorry that you had to go through all that, but I want to tell you something about myself that might make you comfortable.

    I am a medical student, around 7 yrs back i was posted at hospital and was doing my duty normally with my supervisors. Suddenly I got a call from a ward that a patient is serious and needed doctors attention immediately. I ran to my supervisor and called him, 4 of the seniors and me went to that particular ward and noticed that the patient had blockage in his ventilation pipe and was unable to breath for 5 or so min. Then immediately we had to clear those pipes and while me and one of my senior were doing it the patient died.

    My hands were shaking so vigorously that I couldnt stand and just sat on the floor there itself, I was too young and it was my first term at the hospital and in fact first death. I didnt have proper food for almost 3 days and when ever I used to sit calmly or sleep i used to remember the same thing.

    Later as the days passed it just faded off my mind and now i can clearly explain the whole situation without any feeling towards the incident.

    My point is, its natural to be in a shock but dont make it your life, just do your natural things and it will fade away.
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    That's awful and so sad
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    Something similar happened to me too. About 5 years ago (probably 11 at the time) me and my friend were running for the bus across the road but a motto bike driver hit her before we crossed the full length (It was at a pelican crossing so I wonder why they didn't stop for us). I can still remember the way it pushed her about 3 metres until she lay unconscious. It still haunts me to this day but I'm not as in shock as I was that day. But I'm glad she's alive to this day as I've known her since I was 5


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    Thanks for the replies guys. Sounds like some of you have had things a lot worse. Sorry about my late reply - been keeping busy to keep it off my mind and its helped a lot. Still feel a bit shocked but went back on a train for the first time today which was a little victory

    Its hit my fiancé a lot worse though - she's not been sleeping and is constantly upset about it. Has anyone got any advice I could pass on to her? She's considering going the doctors to see if they could help though I'm not sure there is much they could do short of sending her for therapy (which she is strongly against)

    Thanks again for the replies

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    I dont think Doc's can do much, only thing is they can advice her and max put her on anti dip'nt pills.
    Advise her the same what you did. Keep yourself busy. Talk to friends, never be alone or sit idle.

    Girls are more sensitive than boys so it will take a bit more time for them but eventually they will get over it.
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    Sadly it happens a lot... My other half catches the train twice a day and has mentioned it on average twice a year, luckily her train has never been involved.

    Always saddens me to think somebody felt they couldn't go on.


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