we have hit a pedestrian.”
The conductor’s announcement over the train’s PA system was short, to the point and seemingly nonchalant.
Although with riding these trains for years, I recognized the impact of his statement, not only on us, the commuters, but on the train crew, especially the engineer, who witness it and have to deal with the aftermath.
There was no warning whistle blown or emergency braking applied, which lends me to think that the person jumped. But, as of this moment, I don’t know for sure.
The only things I know for sure are:
My 55 minute train commute into Chicago took 3 ½ hours;
Someone made a decision, either purposefully or accidentally, that cost them their life; and
A family received a horrific, life-altering call that will forever take a huge toll.
bless his/her soul