Posted by SP Dave, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm
I am sorry to see anyone take their life but to put this on the engineer of a train when all he or she is thinking of is the safety of their cargo is a very selfish and cruel act. I was an engineer working the commute trains and can only thank God that I didn't have anyone commit suicide on my watch but I did have friends that went through hell after being at the throttle when someone choose them as an instrument of death. These people were horibly scared by these events and one close friend turned into an alcoholic and later died of the desease. I can't tell you how bad I felt just trying to blow the horn and ring the bell when a dog would run in front of the train. I can't imagine what it must feel like to be helplessly placed in a position of executioner in a matter of seconds. I feel very sad for these crew members that have to go back to work and re live this over and over every day. Say a prayer for them.