Saturday, September 28, 2013

Further Comments On The Fatality At Seven Hills Earlier This Month!

Please refer to the comments from Lester Palsey, regarding  the incident fatality at Seven Hills, earlier this month. It is not nice talking about these things that happen, yet it is to be said so people prevent themselves from doing the same;
Some further information on the fatality at Seven Hills last night.
Diana and I were on our way home from the City last night from choir practice when we were informed that the train will not be stopping at Seven Hills but going onto Blacktown where we would have to backtrack to Seven Hills.  We got a train home from Blacktown.  I noted that interurban trains had been roped in to carry passengers from Blacktown to Seven Hills in addition to the normal suburban services. 
At Seven Hills, Platforms 3 and 4 (Richmond & Penrith services) were closed and only Platforms 1 and 2 (City services) was open. 

Our train passed through Platform 4 without stopping and there was an  empty K set parked on Platform 3.  We found out from some witnesses still on the scene that someone had climbed onto the roof of K set trailer T4230 when it was on Platform 3, had come into contact with the 1,500 volt DC overhead and had been instantly cremated.  The RailCorp Fire Emergency Response truck was there but before the fire fighters could retrieve the body from the roof and load it onto the mortuary van, the RailCorp maintenance crew was called in to turn off the power.
There was a lot of people on Platform 3 including the Station Manager and the Line Manager, maintenance crew, fire fighters and the train driver and guard.  The Police had left by the time we got to Seven Hills.  I could see blood around the pantograph of T4230 and the surrounding area where the body had lain.  I couldn't smell anything but Diana said that she could still get a burning smell.  I pitied the cleaners who would have to remove the blood from the roof of T4230 when the train returned to Hornsby Depot.  I do not know the reason why this guy climbed onto the roof of T4230 but I suspect he was trying to graffiti it.
Adding to the delays was another Police operation at Blacktown where they had to deal with a trespasser on the railway corridor.


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