Two rail passengers miss their stop, ...

Two rail passengers miss their stop, jump from train

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 9, 2008, titled Two rail passengers miss their stop, jump from train. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. - Two men who missed their stop opened the doors of the train they were riding in and jumped.

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Logical

United States

#1 Feb 9, 2008
What a stupidity! What in hell are 56 and 68 year old guys thinking to jump from a train? Must be early dementia!
Patcher

San Antonio, TX

#2 Feb 9, 2008
Maybe they've watched too many James Bond or Jason Bourne movies - or drunk. Definitely old enough to know better.
Persnickety

United States

#3 Feb 9, 2008
Darwinism strikes again -- almost.
Jackie

Downers Grove, IL

#4 Feb 9, 2008
The Westmont station is what, a mile down the road, if that? They couldn't get off and walk back?
TwoManyDogs

United States

#5 Feb 9, 2008
They were lucky. Know of someone in the same predicament - missed stop - thought the train was still going slow enough out of the station and jumped. With no platform, it's a pretty long drop. They ended up with a coma and quality time in ICU. Guessing that the Metra conductors probably have quite a few stories about train-jumpers.
eja

Park Forest, IL

#6 Feb 9, 2008
There must be more to this story.
catso

United States

#7 Feb 9, 2008
eja wrote:
There must be more to this story.
Yeah, they need to be examined for an early onset of dementia. Or maybe space aliens sucked out their brains.
Susana

Irving, TX

#8 Feb 9, 2008
I wonder how long it will take for these rocket scientists to hire a lawyer and sue Metra for some cockamamie "negligence" rap!

Not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed!
Beth

United States

#9 Feb 9, 2008
Maybe they thought they had superpowers?
ccz

United States

#10 Feb 9, 2008
Cool! I've always wanted to try that. I think I will soon. Thanks for the great idea, fellas.
reader

Jersey City, NJ

#12 Feb 9, 2008
idiots! they should be heavily fined!
rich

Oak Park, IL

#13 Feb 9, 2008
Mannix
jsd

Oswego, IL

#14 Feb 9, 2008
Susana wrote:
I wonder how long it will take for these rocket scientists to hire a lawyer and sue Metra for some cockamamie "negligence" rap!
Not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed!
i agree this was really stupid on these 2 mens parts and dont think that a lawsuit should happen but you would think with all our technology the the doors should auto lock when the train is moving. car doors do.
im not a frequent train rider so maybe that would be impractical, but it should be simple enough to figure something out.
Jack

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 9, 2008
I hope I can still jump out of trains and stuff when I'm 68!
Geriatric1

United States

#17 Feb 9, 2008
Common sense is the first to go. Metra and passengers should fine them for loss of time and revenue.

Since: Jan 08

Bolingbrook, IL

#18 Feb 9, 2008
I didn't even know you could open the doors when the train was still moving. What... did they pry the doors open or do the doors really open that easy once they shut and the train is moving. I ride the Metra every day and those doors seem to heavy to just open up. Again, I'm no engineer but it seems like this would be difficult.
reader

Jersey City, NJ

#19 Feb 9, 2008
jsd wrote:
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i agree this was really stupid on these 2 mens parts and dont think that a lawsuit should happen but you would think with all our technology the the doors should auto lock when the train is moving. car doors do.
im not a frequent train rider so maybe that would be impractical, but it should be simple enough to figure something out.
these idiots forced the doors open. you have to be able to manually open the doors in case of emergency. metra did no wrong here.
city dude

United States

#20 Feb 9, 2008
I don't blame them -- every time I'm on Metra, I want to jump off the train myself.

It's also possible that they were typical "the-world-ends-at-the-en d-of-my-block" suburbanites, and didn't know if there were anymore stops to the west -- maybe they thought the train might be going straight to Iowa next.(Have to admit, that would also make me jump.)








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Steve

Sussex, WI

#21 Feb 9, 2008
Must be deadbeats
reader

Jersey City, NJ

#24 Feb 9, 2008
city dude wrote:
I don't blame them -- every time I'm on Metra, I want to jump off the train myself...
no kidding. metra (metra electric, probably the other metra trains too) stink! my spouse and i used metra to get to the auto show yesterday. we couldn't wait to get home to shower and wash our clothes and jackets. the trains smell like [email protected]!

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