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Man hit by train, flung into commuters on platform

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A man was killed after being hit by a limited express train at a station on the JR Osaka Loop Line on Tuesday night. The impact of the train flung him back onto the platform, injuring three women commuters, police said.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 p.m. at JR Bentencho Station in Osaka's Minato Ward. Fuji TV quoted witnesses as saying that the man was leaning over the edge of the platform, while the train driver said that the man appeared to leap or fall into the path of the train before he could apply the brakes.

Police said the man was sent flying back about 10 meters into a group of passengers waiting on the platform.

The 24-year-old man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The three women commuters hit by the man -- aged 21, 28 and 44 -- sustained minor injuries, police said.

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Poor women. How grisly..

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Whether he was drunk, suicidal, or just pain dumb, what a jerk for involving other people into his death.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Horrible. Those poor women will be severely traumatized.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

arrgghhhh i could imaging the horror.. i hope no limbs flying just like what happened last year at Shinkoiwa Station

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Oh my god... that's just horrible. I remember the case from a couple of years ago where a jumper's body was flung into one of those glass waiting rooms on the platform. I can't imagine what those women must be feeling right now... it's nightmarish.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Sincere condolences to the poor man family, I will always have the highest admiration for the officials who take the responsibility for informing the families.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Feel sorry for the driver of the train, too.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

There was also the Monday incident stopping the Yamanote and Saikyo line during the morning rush hours effecting 100,000 commuters, myself included.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Sue his family proper I say, personal lawsuits as well

-23 ( +0 / -23 )

Despite the minor injuries, it must have been a nightmare for the three women.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Gruesome

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Jesus, that must have been horrific. On Monday night there was a man who fell on the tracks of the Chiyoda line at Omotesando station, but luckily the train stopped in time as he was at the far end of the platform and I don't think he was hurt too badly, although there was a bit of blood so he might have knocked his head or broken something.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

That's bloody awful.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

ewwww! Spatter is the worst !

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

To my shame, my thoughts to the three women commuters, I failed to mention, all three must be traumatised, I need to get a grip.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Horrible as this is, it could have been worse. I read about a similar story years ago where the body of a man struck by the train was flung up to strike a woman, who subsequently suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed.

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Sue his family proper I say, personal lawsuits as well

What the hell have his family got to do with it? Jeez, heartless much?

11 ( +14 / -3 )

"What the hell have his family got to do with it?"

Because his assets would be in their possession (unless he made a will, which is really rare for a 24 year old). So any compensation to the victims would come out of his estate.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Seriously messed up.... JR needs to have a poster that said "do it at home"

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Your family is responsible for your action in this society, them failing to take care of him places the guilt on them, they should cover train company expenses and the injured commuters personal compensation in full!

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

One hell of a way to die! Poor innocent girls too.

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His family have to deal with it due to the fact that this happens a lot in Japan. If you think of how much it costs to clean up the mess every time someone decides to throw themselves in front of a train. Not to mention the compensation for say the 3 women in this instance. As well as how the train stations loose money due to have to shut the train down to clean.

That is why the family must take care of the incident. Japan looses too many people and too much money due to sucide. It impacts the country as a whole not just those whom know the one who died.

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Whether he was drunk, suicidal, or just pain dumb, what a jerk for involving other people into his death.

If he didn't intend to die, then how is he a "jerk" for dying? Being a jerk implies you're doing something intentionally.

As for involving other people, most suicides fall under that category as there is usually someone who witnessed it. In the case of trains, the train engineer is typically the one with a front row seat to the initial impact and the probable secondary strike after the body bounces off the front of the train. Those engineers carry that scene in their heads for the rest of their lives.

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Suicides become especially evil when the "jerk" doesn't take precautions to make sure that no one else is injured or traumatized by his/her actions. Just saying "I don't care!" doesn't give you the right to hurt other people.

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Poor women, that's just ghastly.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Would anybody be willing to pay an extra 10 yen on each train-fair in order to help railways companies to install on-platform safety sliding doors ? I would gladly pay some extra money to help save even a single life.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Why do media insist on saying, "Man hit by train killed" or the like instead of "Man who jumped in front of train"? I've no sympathy for the guy in doing what he did, and feel very sorry for the women hit by his corpse in a last, selfish act. They may have sustained minor physical injuries, but I doubt the psychological were anything less than extreme.

On a side note, I was surprised to see he was declared dead at the scene and curious about how that happened -- usually they are "rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead" because paramedics have no authority to call death at the scene in Japan.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

You can usually stand back, but sometimes there is no choice. At the point in the platform where the stairs to the concourse are there is often only few feet or so of platform space. If people try to walk past each other you're literally millimetres away from fast passing train. If your drunk, you have more problems. Even on the normal part of the platform itself you soon get pushed very close to the front if it gets crowded to any extent. I just think maybe there's a false sense of resignation when it comes to rail safety. There should be some type of safety barrier if trains were passing in front of hundreds of people a couple of feet away.

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The McCarran (Las Vegas, NV) airport tram that moves people from one terminal to another has a full glass wall at the edge of the platform with doors that don't open until the tram has stopped. It seems like a good idea.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Okay so really. Why is he a jerk? What if he never meant for the women to get hurt? Think about that and I truly feel sadness for his family and friends. Including to the women whom received minor injuries.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

This is another good example of they I think those new gate systems they're beginning to introduce on platforms are a good idea. This is sad, glad none of the women were seriously hurt.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This is really a tragedy, one of so many. It is heart-breaking that this has to or rather can happen so often. Thoughts with the families and witnesses. Accidental or intentional, the National Transport Ministry (I am just assuming there is such an office) really needs to get in there and put train safety as a top priority. Some platforms are so narrow, the trains go much too fast through them(even if speed is reduced) the gap between platform and train door is too wide, and on and on. What kind of reflection on Japan is it when people die on a regular basis due to trains be it again, accidental or intentional? Lots to do before those amazing, longed-for 2020 Olympics come to fruition!! Northern Japan people in shelters, leaking nuclear facilities, underpaid labor at said facilities, earthquake-prone cities, deadly train systems, learning English, need for foreign labor for Olympics, oh, something else but can't remember.....

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suicidalkitten, of course he never meant for the women to get hurt.

He didn't think about the possible consequences of his action. That's why he is a jerk. Jump into a volcano or something if you need to erase your existence...

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If he didn't intend to die, then how is he a "jerk" for dying? Being a jerk implies you're doing something intentionally.

Please read my comments again. Everyone knows the consequences of getting too close to end of a train platform, especially when there is a train approaching. There are yellow and white lines that tell you where to stand if you're too stupid to not to know or realize the consequences. If he didn't intend to die, then he was either drunk or drugged out which makes you a jerk for not knowing your limits. And if you were suicidal, then you're beyond being a jerk for causing unnecessary trauma to those who had to watch you die.

As for involving other people, most suicides fall under that category

Correction: Most suicides in Japan. If you are so depressed that you feel that taking your own life is the only escape (which IMO is stupid), then there are PLENTY of ways of doing it without having people witness it. Train jumpers are people who desperately seek the attention that they couldn't get when they were alive.

@smithinjapan

I agree with you...the media really should tell it the way it is instead of making it sound like some unfortunate accident. And to your other point, if the man is obviously dead (example: decapitation or other signs where there the injuries or so severe that there is no possible way he could be alive) then I think they can declare you dead at the scene.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I agree that new gate systems should be installed on platforms as this is a big problem

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My condolences to his surviving family. Such a sad fate for a young soul, someones son. I once saw the parts following this type of "accident" and I almost passed out. It must have been horrible for all bystanders. Which comes to my point. In the west, we say suicide is the ultimate selfish act. But in japan that is true 100,000 times over. Aside from the immediate trauma to the driver especially and other witnesses, it causes great inconvenience to literally hundreds of thousands of people. From a wages standpoint, say average is 2000 yen per hour. For an average delay of one hour that is 200 million yen. What if you had an emergency you had to attend to, and had to face a 2 hour delay? The trains should take the parts, put them in a bag, and get their trains running asap. It is not fair for the rest of us to endure the egocentric inconsiderate monolithic-ly selfish act of jumping in front of a commuter train.

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