Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Man Touches Electrified Catenary...  
User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 10112 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Some Darwin news: An Indian train passenger felt it was wise to touch the electrified overhead line while standing on a train.

NSFW-ish...

http://www.break.com/usercontent/200.../electrocuted-on-train-736180.html


When you have to breaststroke to your connecting flight...it's a crash!
40 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19687 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 10097 times:

I always wondered what would happen...

User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10086 times:

Seen this a few times, I have to say I'm fairly sure that's probably 1500v DC, Which is what we use here in Melbourne too -- As gruesome as it is, I would be interested to see what would happen on 25,000V AC.

I've actually got this video on my hardrive somewhere and it's kinda gross but you see him smouldering for quite a while after this and a bit before he goes up, You can see all the people around the bottom of the train trying to get him off the train.



Coolier than thou.
User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10063 times:

Was he trying to kill himself? Creepy watching him slump over after his hand releases the wire, I guess the only consolation for him is that that must have killed him instantly, so it was relatively painless.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39876 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10065 times:

The comments are very tasteless.
Why and how did those recording this video know that this was going to happen?



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10055 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
The comments are very tasteless.
Why and how did those recording this video know that this was going to happen?

It's kinda inevitable that someone is going to zap themselfs strutting around only inches away from a live overhead... There's many reasons Occ. Health and Safety is so rediculously over the top around Railways and this is one of them.

There's an old safety motto, I don't recall where it's from but it goes "Don't play with trains" -- This would be the testimonial to it.


I am by no means saying this guy deserved this.
In the longer version, You see people trying to get him down, I'm just glad they weren't hurt too.



Coolier than thou.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39876 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10050 times:



Quoting Brendan03 (Reply 5):
It's kinda inevitable that someone is going to zap themselfs strutting around only inches away from a live overhead...

We all know that but unfortunately this kid didn't.
I just don't understand how others can joke about it. That's sick!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10043 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
We all know that but unfortunately this kid didn't.
I just don't understand how others can joke about it. That's sick!

Well, The backstory to this is unclear but it's not unlikely that the guy was Schitzofrenic (sp?) or being a delinquent.

It's unfortunate someone lost a member of their family but at the end of the day, I'm sure there is signage around advising to avoid contact with overhead.

Essentially, He shouldn't have been up there and I don't believe he wouldn't have known this.



Coolier than thou.
User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9900 times:

I once witnessed a similar event, but fortunately not quite that close. I was travelling in a local electric train when I saw a flash and we braked hard. When we stopped, directly behind my window was a Russian tank wagon (they are a bit higher than the local ones) and three shady looking juveniles, aged 11-13 sitting on top of it, and one of them was evidently in some trouble. I heard the driver call over the radio to shut off the current and call the rescuers. The fire station happened to be just opposite on the wrong side of the yard so they arrived quick and brought the kid down. I heard one of the kids say he had put down the fire in his mate's trousers and explain they were sitting on top of the wagon when one of them lifted his hand up... The kid was alive, but I suppose the hand was turned into hamburger inside... the buttocks perhaps as well ... it's 25 kV AC here...

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9833 times:

I don't think there's much of a backstory to this. Looks to me like he just casually lifted his arm without thinking much of it.

User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10015 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9823 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 9):
I don't think there's much of a backstory to this. Looks to me like he just casually lifted his arm without thinking much of it.

The backstory would be why he was up there in the first place.

But yeah, I know what you mean. If I wasn't paying attention, I probably would have done the same thing - reach up for support.



"Two and a Half Men" was filmed in front of a live ostrich.
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19687 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9815 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):

We all know that but unfortunately this kid didn't.
I just don't understand how others can joke about it. That's sick!

Well, you don't just climb on top of a train. He clearly wasn't a worker. He was up there when he wasn't supposed to be.

Looks like the death was quick and painless, though. The voltage would have scrambled any brain he had before the pain impulses could get there.


User currently offlineDc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9812 times:

It's common to ride on top of trains in India... But I believe most routes aren't electrified.

I don't think he knew exactly what the wire was... Which is kinda weird, but possible.


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8840 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9812 times:



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 10):
The backstory would be why he was up there in the first place.

Seeing people ride on top of the train is not at all uncommon in that part of the world. I don't think anything was wrong with him, except of course becoming a Darwin Award nominee.



Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9791 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Do you think that the train went on time? What a great video, Darwinism at its finest


Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1813 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9738 times:

The awful thing is it looks like there is fire coming from his head when he is lay on the train afterwards, with what looks like blood dripping down the train. Dreadful. Feel sorry for this guy. It looks to me he did it subconciously.


Eagles may soar high, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines!
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9731 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Thread starter):
An Indian train passenger felt it was wise to touch the electrified overhead line while standing on a train.

We have a winner for this year's Darwin Awards.

Quoting Brendan03 (Reply 2):
Seen this a few times, I have to say I'm fairly sure that's probably 1500v DC, Which is what we use here in Melbourne too -- As gruesome as it is, I would be interested to see what would happen on 25,000V AC.

In Germany, most heavy rail lines use 15,000 V AC from overhead powerlines. 1500 V DC is just about a bit more than what is used in Hamburg for the S-Bahn (which uses 1100 V DC, but through a third rail).


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9207 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9722 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
I just don't understand how others can joke about it. That's sick!

I certainly wouldn't joke about that. Even if I religiously watch a tv show that pokes fun at sick crap half the time (Family Guy), I don't find that stuff to be very amusing...



Do not bring stranger girt into your room. The stranger girt is dangerous, it will hurt your life.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39876 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9701 times:



Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 14):
What a great video,

What's so "great" about seeing someone die?

Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 15):
The awful thing is it looks like there is fire coming from his head when he is lay on the train afterwards, with what looks like blood dripping down the train. Dreadful. Feel sorry for this guy. It looks to me he did it subconciously.

If I knew before hand that this resulted in death, I wouldn't have watched this clip. Truly sickening!

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 17):
I certainly wouldn't joke about that. Even if I religiously watch a tv show that pokes fun at sick crap half the time (Family Guy), I don't find that stuff to be very amusing...

Me neither.
What is this world coming to?



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9207 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9671 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
What is this world coming to?

Good question...

I do like Family Guy, too, but some of the shows have gotten low brow as of late...

If I were to see something like this unfold right in front of me, I think I'd freak out, and I'd be sad for the person's friends and family. Death is nothing to joke about IMO...

Heh, and it looks like this is becomming a F.G. tangent. Not intended on my part, just making a reference...



Do not bring stranger girt into your room. The stranger girt is dangerous, it will hurt your life.
User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1008 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9660 times:



Quoting Dc9northwest (Reply 12):
It's common to ride on top of trains in India... But I believe most routes aren't electrified.

I've seen about 5 people on the top of a train in India over the last 15 years. I guess I must not go to the parts where trainsurfing is popular!  Silly

The guy is (obviously) an idiot. First off, he's on top of a moving train. Secondly, he's walking on top of it and moving VERY dangerously even though there isn't another soul on top. I would bet it's a horrible accident or the person is not particularly educated, but I'm sure smarter people have made dumber mistakes.

A lot of routes in India are electrified, and I believe more routes are electrified each year.



A nation turns its lonely eyes to you
User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8840 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9639 times:

My wife (who is Indian) just saw the clip and she says that all the people were telling him to get down, it's dangerous, etc. Guess maybe he was an Indian Redneck (Famous last words:"Hold my beer and watch this".)


Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9621 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 16):
In Germany, most heavy rail lines use 15,000 V AC from overhead powerlines. 1500 V DC is just about a bit more than what is used in Hamburg for the S-Bahn (which uses 1100 V DC, but through a third rail).

Electrified heavy rail lines in the UK use 25kV AC overhead wires or a 750V DC third rail system (which is, with a few exceptions, confined to the south-central and south-east regions of the UK). A teenager was killed by the 750V third rail in Sussex earlier this year after running across the tracks.



Have you ever felt like you could float into the sky / like the laws of physics simply don't apply?
User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9605 times:

Indian lines are 25kV. From what I saw, the guy looked mentally sick,just from his body language before actually touching HT line. I know Indians better  

[Edited 2009-06-10 17:02:42]

User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9524 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!



Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
What's so "great" about seeing someone die?

It's just a funny way to go. One less idiot out there.



Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
25 LTBEWR : Unfortunatly too many people in that part of the world are just uneducated enough to not know of the potential dangers of electricity or riding on top
26 Superfly : Exactly! Dude, there is nothing "funny" about that video! As others have mentioned, riding on top of trains in India is rather common and electric tr
27 Waterpolodan : Agreed, if seeing this makes you laugh at all, I think that means there must be some wire loose in the compassion region of your brain. Regardless of
28 LTU932 : Are those third rails open to the side? In Hamburg's S-Bahn, the third rail is side contact, which means the contact shoe touches the rail from the s
29 IH8BY : I think it is side-contact. The fastest third-rail trains in the UK reach a maximum of 108mph; the reason why these southern lines are 750V DC third
30 FlyingColours : That's from the a series of television adverts highlighting the dangers of level crossings, its shown on TV in Australia and are also found on Youtub
31 PanHAM : I had seen that video earlier this week. Whatever the reasons weher for that guy to get up on that train, he was either committing suicide or really d
32 Brendan03 : I just assumed that being that India electrified quite a while ago, They'd be using 1500VDC In regards to 1500vdc vs 25kvac, Each has its advantage a
33 TRVYYZ : Only a stretch in Bombay has the 1.5kV DC. They are in the process of changing that too to 25kV ac.
34 BMIFlyer : What an idiot..... Well at least he won't do that ever again.
35 Oly720man : Air isn't a good conductor. You need to be quite close for the electricity to arc across. And unless he was bare footed and standing on a metal roof,
36 PROSA : Possibly an urban legend. The, ahem, stream is not a continuous flow of liquid, but actually a series of distinct droplets, and therefore not capable
37 AverageUser : Of course urine will will conductive, no matter what the shape of the liquid is. There's a bunch of videos downloadable that depict male persons urin
38 Leezyjet : Yeah I saw that on Mythbusters. Myth Busted !!. The flow is not a constant stream so cannot conduct the current, however I wouldn't like to try mysel
39 Post contains links AverageUser : I don't know what kind of physics that mythbusting might have been based on, so see this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU1UKn7iXv8
40 TRVYYZ : It can still conduct even if it is not a continuous stream, depending on the voltage.
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Tennessee Man Fathers 20 Kids posted Sat May 30 2009 18:04:13 by MCOflyer
This Man Deserves To Be Shot..... posted Sun May 24 2009 08:22:52 by Alberchico
Oh, Man, Talk About A Microsoft Screwup! posted Tue Apr 28 2009 14:21:54 by Dreadnought
Mega MAN Meet 09: The Beginning... posted Sat Apr 18 2009 14:30:03 by TupolevTu154
SC Funeral Home Amputates Dead Man's Legs? posted Fri Apr 3 2009 14:44:31 by Kaitak
Man Caught With Unbuckled Dummy In HOV Lane posted Fri Mar 13 2009 19:31:33 by Mike89406
The Luckiest Man In The World! posted Thu Mar 5 2009 03:26:59 by Dragon-wings
Drunk Man Gets Hit By Train, Sues/Wins posted Wed Feb 18 2009 20:18:34 by Flyingbronco05
Manchester (MAN) Meet 2009? posted Tue Feb 3 2009 04:36:29 by Gkirk
MAN (UK) News 25 - Non Aviation posted Fri Jan 30 2009 16:28:41 by Daleaholic
Squatters Steal House From Man posted Thu Sep 23 2010 06:26:35 by ALTF4