DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A conductor told investigators in Florida that he unsuccessfully tried to stop his train when he saw a couple hug and lie down on the tracks in an apparent suicide pact.
Delray Beach police spokeswoman Dani Moschella says the man and woman, both homeless and 29 years of age, remained in critical condition after being hit by the train Wednesday. Police say they are the fourth and fifth people hit by trains this week and investigators say most were suicide attempts.
The SunSentinel reports Tri-Rail, which operates commuter trains in South Florida is considering using drones to monitor the tracks to deter suicides. The agency also plans to place signs encouraging people to call the 211 suicide prevention helpline.
Police are investigating but say the conductor tried to stop.
Kind of romantic, in a fucked up Florida way…
Fun Florida Facts:
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in Florida.
- On average, one person dies by suicide every three hours in the state.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 25-34 in the state.
Albert Camus said once, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest — whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories — comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.”
It’s OK to think about suicide. You’re not crazy, Florida is, the world is. Having seen several of my friends kill themselves growing up has brought reality closer. Many of us know someone who died this way. Life is not easy, that we all know, and to be honest, every once in a while we may wonder if it’s all really worth it. Well, YES, it is worth it. It’s rare and amazing to be alive. This too shall pass, the good times, the bad times, they are all temporary. In fact, everything is temporary. Use the gift of life, and do whatever you can to give this vast and confusing world some meaning and some goodness. If you are thinking about suicide, that means you have a mind. We need more people with minds, so PLEASE STICK AROUND. WE NEED YOU.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are truly contemplating suicide, please take a moment to allow yourself to breathe in and then breathe out. Call this number to speak with someone: