Girl dies after being hit by train on platform

TOKYO —

A girl died after being hit by a train while she was on the platform of a station in Tokyo, police said Thursday.

According to police, the girl, who was wearing a school uniform, was seen sitting and standing up repeatedly on the platform at Kami-Nakazato Station on the Keihin Tohoku line at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, TBS reported. Witnesses said she stood up and leaned forward a little as a train was coming into the station. She was hit in the head.

Police said the girl, who was about 15 years of age, was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Train services were halted for about 40 minutes, JR said. 

Japan Today

  • -2

    y3chome

    Poor girl. Hope it wasnt suicide. Either way very tragic and unnecessary.

  • -1

    JA_Cruise

    sounds like a suicide to me.

  • -1

    Patrick Dodge

    so sad.....

  • -8

    megosaa

    i propose they have railings with auto gates, and a buzzer if anyone crosses over the yellow line when there's no train stationed at the platform.** thumbs up if you agree**.

  • 2

    hoserfella

    megosaa - how would your "buzzer" save the girl from a train entering the station?

    actually, don't bother...

  • -2

    basroil

    We'll see more and more of these until automatic gates are installed everywhere. If Sapporo could do 20 subway stations in two weeks without affecting traffic, I can't see what is taking the massive JR group more than a year per station. Certainly isn't a lack of budget.

  • -4

    psychopathsareincontrol

    Well.. considering that you hear "Abunai desu kara kiiroi-sen made osagari kudasai" at many train stations....

  • 0

    alliswellinjapan

    Another part of this tragedy is that some of the witnesses who took notice of her strange behavior before the incident occurred will probably regret for the rest of their lives not having predicted what may happen and taken preventive actions.

  • 0

    Frungy

    alliswellinjapanDec. 06, 2012 - 06:40PM JST Another part of this tragedy is that some of the witnesses who took notice of her strange behavior before the incident occurred will probably regret for the rest of their lives not having predicted what may happen and taken preventive actions.

    According to the report she was just standing up and sitting down. Hardly "strange". It might rate, "a little odd", but more likely, "she needs to go to the toilet but doesn't want to miss her train".

    Stop trying to blame this on everyone around her.

  • -5

    tmarie

    Gates aren't need. Common sense and some help for those suffering mental issue however is in much demand.

    RIP to this girl. What on earth at 15 is worth killing yourself over is beyond me.

  • 0

    alliswellinjapan

    Frungy: Sorry if you took it that way, but the point was in touching upon the secondary tragedy of those who had to witness the incident after noticing her "odd" behavior and may thus blame themselves regardless of whether prevention was at all realistically possible, by no means in my actually blaming them for what took place.

  • 1

    nandakandamanda

    They do announce regularly for people to stand behind the yellow lines. If station staff had spotted her on their monitors they should have taken some immediate action.

  • -1

    lostrune2

    Quick! Did somebody take a photo!

  • -1

    Serrano

    RIP, girl. I feel so sorry for her parents and anyone close to her.

    I hear most train stations will have platform barriers in another decade...

  • 2

    mrkobayashi

    You may not believe me but I actually saw this girl. I was on the Keihin Tohoku line. I got on at Tabata and got off at Ooji. I was on the front of the train because the elevator is at the front of the platform at Ooji. I was looking through the front window and I saw what looked like a high school girl at the very end of the platform, leaning in and looking at the train. She was wearing a dark red / brown pleated skirt. Something about her behavior struck me as odd and for a split second I thought she was going to jump. The train rushed past and nothing happened. I thought maybe I was imagining things but it bothered me that someone would lean and look towards an oncoming train, and at the very end of a platform. However I had a client to meet and I was on the opposite end of the platform when the doors openned. I got off the train at the next station at 12:57. It must have been around 2 trains later that this happened. I didn't know about this until I read this article about 30 minutes ago. It literally sent chills down my spine. I honestly wish I could go back and do something. I know that if there is a next time I will act on my instincts. RIP young lady.

  • -1

    waltery

    Sounds like her cheese was off her biscuit. If I steped in and pulled her away I would have been accused of somthing. The time I did pull a nutty kid back from hanging his head over the patform jumping up an down he just went back to what he was doing. If I went any further I could have been injured or again acused of somthing. So let them do it but not at peak hour please. If all the stuff JR dose now isn't working spending more isn't going to solve the problem.

  • -2

    UrLegsRntTHATgreatNurUgly

    If you play with fire, you're gonna get burnt!

  • 0

    ka_chan

    I could be wrong but based on Kobayashi description and location of the incident, she was probably a Tokinogawa middle school student. I am a bit surprised and no one from the station staff noticed or did anything. Maybe Keihin isn't in good financial shape. Anyway, suicide or not, may your new journey be better than you past.

  • 0

    Patrick Hagger

    Suicide has left a void in the lives of those who knew her. It is a terrible thing every time such a young person dies. A pray should be for the family and the classmates of the young lady. I remember being at a school that had a high suicide rate and being in the United States it was out of the normal order of things.

  • -1

    basroil

    tmarieDec. 06, 2012 - 08:44PM JST

    Gates aren't need. Common sense and some help for those suffering mental issue however is in much demand.

    Seatbelts in cars aren't needed either, you can just teach people to drive at safe speeds and not do stupid things like running lights and using the right tires for the season. But seatbelts have saved hundreds of thousands of lives since they were made mandatory. Think of the gates as seatbelts for train platforms.

    It's not a question of need, but of whether they would do more to help in less time and for far less cost, and they would.

  • -2

    megosaa

    don' bother giving helpful suggestions here cuz your post either gets deleted or some other posters will shoot it down so... whatever. each to her own, float your own boat and save your own behinds.

  • 1

    kurisupisu

    Gates are needed! In Japan platforms are well overcrowded not to mention the fact that it is the favorite way to enter the hereafter for most suicidal Japanese.

  • 0

    KingChristoph

    poor girl a shame so many young people die

  • 1

    Serrano

    mrkobayashi ( Dec 6, 11:01pm ) - Your post sent chills down my spine. If I see someone behaving like this on a station platform, I will immediately contact railway staff. Thank you.

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