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Man hit and killed by train at Nakano Station in Tokyo

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A man running along the platform of JR Nakano Station in Tokyo collided with a woman and then fell onto the tracks where he was hit and killed by a train, police said Monday.

According to police, a security camera on the platform of the Chuo Line caught footage of the incident which occurred at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, NTV reported. The man ran into the woman and then toppled onto the tracks where he was hit by a train bound for Otsuki.

Following the accident, trains along the Chuo Line were delayed for about 90 minutes, affecting over 43,000 passengers.

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why was he running so close to the edge while a train was coming in? At least it was him & not the poor woman but no doubt she'll be traumatized for life by the whole thing.

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One moment you're being busy with life, the next moment you're dead. Most people aren't aware that it can be over to sudden.

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This is why the Chuo line needs wall barriers sepeeating the platform from the track like the Yamanote. The train is already closer to the platform than most trains and creates a lot of wind that pushes people in if they're too close.

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So many times I've seen irresponsible and inconsiderate people running along platforms I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. It seems that karma got this one. At least he didn't knock the woman onto the tracks.

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Who was the irresponsible or inconsiderate one?

He may have been in a legitimate rush, and she may have been absorbed in Candy Crush and ignoring all round her.

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THIS is something that barriers could help prevent! That argument aside, this is also precisely one of the reasons you don't run on the platforms, especially so lose to its edge. A very sad and sorry way to learn.

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there really is no legitimate rush where there are safety concerns.

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@sensenotsocommon Legitimate rush or not, it's just dumb to run on the platforms and a lot of people just don't seem to realise this. Everyday I come across people in Tokyo running around and bumping into people and this issue needs serious attention! Thumbs up to sillygirl for the comment

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Abunai desu kara indeed. we often complain about the constant barrage of messages in Japanese public places reminding people to be careful or hold the handrail or stand behind the yellow line etc etc. But stupisd is as stupid does and no amount of them will prevent silly accidents.

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But stupisd is as stupid does and no amount of them will prevent silly accidents.

So get rid of hand rails, guard rails, colored lines, ropes and barriers?? Look dude, I agree we cannot prevent stupid people from happening, but we can prevent at least some of them hurting themselves and others with simple devices.

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If you get pushed or fall onto the subway tracks obviously, the optimal choice is to get back onto the platform, hopefully with the help of bystanders. If you can't boost yourself up in time you have to look for a space beneath the platform edge. If the platform appears flush with the approaching train, you could take shelter in the space between the two sets of train tracks. A final option is to simply lie flat. There may be enough clearance for the train to pass over you. Unfortunately, there is no universal advice.

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Chris Ore-Sama Mair

The train is already closer to the platform than most trains and creates a lot of wind that pushes people in if they're too close.

How is the Chuo line trains "closer t the platform" than other trains? Seems to me there's the space between Chuo line carriages and the platforms are in general no more/less than other lines.

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He may have been in a legitimate rush.

Indeed. But if you legitimately rush near a moving train, you can make yourself legitimately dead.

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Sad. I see it every week where some impatient person will run between where the line of persons are and the train tracks on the 1 foot path to make the extra 30 seconds to work. Might as well double down for death.

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I hear all train station platforms will have barriers in a couple of more decades.

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I used to live in Nakano and once saw a jumper there. A young 20 year old girl. Her limbs were torn right off and spread along the tracks. Not a pretty sight at all.

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Thank you for sharing that:)

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While barriers could have prevented this accident, this is another reason why people shouldn't be running on the platforms, many warnings that people often ignore, just like talking on your phone on the platforms. Sure train companies have a responsibility to protect customers, but customers also have a responsibility as well to stay safe, and running on train platforms is not one of them.

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I'm surprised accidents like this don't happen in Tokyo stations more often. The space left to walk on the platforms between the tracks and stairs is so narrow and nothing impeding someone falling into the tracks.

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Have no hurry, live life like there is no tomorrow.

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I wonder what went through his head just after he hit the woman and started falling towards the tracks? My first guess.... "what did I just do" and "crap.. there is no way out of this one". Actually things I've thought myself when I over extend my driving into a dangerous situation. I was lucky a few times... and each time I think I learned to slow down just a bit more. Learn and live... and prior luck helps.

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Wow, minus thirteen and counting.

Guess I was projecting my own regular frustration at a congested, narrow terminus, often in a rush between the slow or inconsiderate (lots of smartphone zombies) and stopped trains.

Open tracks are, of course, lethal. Let's be safe out there, folks.

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The Japanese lose absolutely all of their few manners on trains and train platforms for some reason. I never saw huge men pushing to get into a full bus or taxi, or pushing others out of the way.

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