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Published on Sep 1, 2011
Apologies for the bad language.
So, today someone jumped in front of (or fell - we don't know yet) a train at Norbury Station.
The train I was in was therefore held outside of Norbury Station for an hour and a half. The driver had to turn the battery off so we had no AC (it was HOT in the train), and he windows could not be opened (the driver tried to open them to no avail).
People were agitated.
We then saw people walking along the tracks. The number of people walking past our carriage (we were in the first carriage) increased until it was apparent that everyone was getting off the train. We were initially annoyed as we knew this would further increase the delay in us moving anywhere. At the same time we didn't know how long we'd be stuck - the driver had no information to give us.
After some deliberation, we decided to walk to the back of the train where everyone seemed to be getting off.
I never wear heels going home, and if I do I always have a pair of flats with me. Of course this time I only had heels with me - typical.
Just to clear things up (due to all the stick I've had from some Twitter users), the driver got off the train as well - I don't know why. He mentioned the tracks were live hence us all keeping to the side. The police arrived and told us we were OK to walk on the tracks but to avoid one of them which was the electric one. You can just about hear this in the video.
Yes, it's foolish to walk on tracks, and yes, inevitably this delayed things more. However, in this instance the choice was to stay on the train which could have had its doors forced open and basically go nowhere, or join everyone else and walk home. What would you have done?
This is the first time I've used a BlackBerry to take videos and I got a call while I took this. As a result it cut off, but I have two other videos showing police helping us get off the tracks.
(Thanks to the lovely man who carried me off the train since I couldn't jump in heels!)