Metro sucks enough on its own without riders making it suck more. Wonder if anything could have been done to help the person who allegedly jumped on the tracks and died yesterday.
From a Blue Line passenger:
The other morning, I got off of the Blue line train at Foggy Bottom and was walking toward the platform escalator. I had my headphones on and was in my own world, just about to go up when I noticed something on the platform.
A woman was leaning over the side of the platform and seemed to be struggling with something. I took a second look and realized what she was struggling with.
A man was down on the tracks and was trying to get back up on the platform. The woman was not able to pull him up by herself and was struggling.
The man was very disoriented. Either he had issues before the fall or had hit his head when he fell.
Several people were standing around on cell phones, and I assume they were calling for help, but NO ONE was helping the woman get the man back on to the platform.
I grabbed his other arm and, with the woman’s help, was able to pull him back onto the platform.
What amazed me was the number of perfectly healthy men and women who walked right by. It was 9:30 a.m., and the platform was full of people. Most just looked at this poor man struggling to get back up on the platform and kept on walking.
I have no idea who the woman was that was helping him, but she did not know the man any more than I did. Yet she immediately got down and tried to help him knowing full well that this man was at least twice her size. She stepped up when no one else would. She is the hero here.
Kudos to the people on phones trying to get help, but what was needed was someone to help grab the man's other arm and pull.
We all complain about Metro not doing a poor job (and believe me, it is justified most of the time) but here is an example of where we the riders needs to think about how we react to a situation.
The station manager reacted immediately when he was informed but with the crowds of people in the station there was no way he could get there in time to help.
I hope that maybe some of the people that walked by read this and stop for a minute to think about their reaction or lack thereof.
A great Toles cartoon (WaPo)
Metro victims entitled to $50K (WMATA)
Apparently, Metro has given up even trying to fire bad seeds (Examiner)