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Physically, yes. For the train, it was just a minor jerk, I first thought maybe a brake shoe broke off. Psychically, the locomotive driver must be worst off.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 03:29:31 PM EST
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Hungary has the same rule as the French trains in that a train driver involved in an accident has to stop driving? It took an actual accident when a train driver had kept driving after witnessing a suicide for this polic y to be implemented.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 05:55:00 PM EST
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I don't know, I'll go checking. But I do know that at the time Hungary led suicide statistics, a locomotive driver had on average multiple hits during a career. So if they stop driving, then temporarily.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 06:01:45 PM EST
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In 1977, a documentary writer, whom the regime granted the privilege to dig deep into social misery in real-existing socialism, wrote a book about railwaymen on the Hungarian State Railways. I just found an on-line copy. I think the first diary I'll write tomorrow will be a translation of the relevant part.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 06:23:02 PM EST
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Oh, the "stop driving" was temporary too. As in, don't keep on driving that train that was involved in the suicide.

Train drivers in that situation are given psychological counselling, and don't have to return to work immediately. The one who was involved in the accident had claimed he was ok.

Given the Paris metro statistics, each metro driver will witness a suicide in his career... So it's not specific to Hungary.

The amount of "Grave accident voyageur" - the notice the RATP gives in such a situation - is staggering, a very regular occurrence.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 06:49:22 PM EST
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