The 17-year -old boy from Oslo was out with his friends when he stepped wrong and fell under the subway train died instantly in Oslo at Høyenhall station on Friday the 5.th of July 2013.
( The article in Norwegian)
It was a normal day. Everything was going according to plan. Metro should run normally. Joshua was to say goodbye to his friends before he went on vacation to India the next day. The day we will never forget. Everything that could go wrong went wrong.
I’ve always wondered what it is to live a life without worries. The idea that children come home safely from school, the idea that kids are fine when they are out with friends, a false sense of security that the children are doing well is what makes a parent’s life go smooth. Which parent would anticipate that children would not come home again? And I was not an exception. My son never came home again. Joshua would never come home again.
This is every parent’s nightmare. My child could have been saved if the train had stopped in time. If the train had driven slowly out of the station, my child could have been rescued. I do not want my son’s death to be in some statistic reports. His death should alert the Metro organization to make the routines better and safer for the passengers.
My son fell between two cars, if the gap between two compartments had not been so wide, he wouldn’t have managed to fall through. The gap between two cars and the platform is much larger than the gap between platform and a carriage. Carriages are joined together in such way that when the first compartment turns in a curve the other one makes a large gap between the platform and cars. This forms a pit hole between the two cars. It was here that Joshua fell through. The gap between two cars should have the same distance to the platform as the gap between platform and a single carriage. This kind of construction failures must be corrected!
The tubes in Oslo are running at a tremendous speed through stations.
Imagine a baby pram rolling down the track. Imagine a child standing near the platform edge. What if an older person faints? Should we not care for this? Is it always our responsibility to ensure our security? What about those times when unexpected events happen? Should we just add these accidents in statistics and move on?
I believe that the safety of travelers is more important than maneuverability!
Metro, tram, bus, train, car and even bike should be respect pedestrians in traffic.
For example, if a child crossing the road outside the pedestrian crossing, and the rules are on the driver’s side, the driver cannot continue to run normally. The driver of the vehicle will immediately try to stop.
When a car overtakes a bus at bus stop, the driver must be alert and watch out for hidden dangers, such as children and adults could cross the road. The driver must keep a low speed so that it is possible to stop before the pedestrian is hit.
Why should not this apply to the subway? Why do trains pass subway stations very quickly? Is it because no one will cross the track? The same kids who take the bus also take the subway. Children who take the subway are not more mature than those taking the bus!
Trains have to keep a very low speed on arrival and departure so that they can stop immediately when something unexpected happens. If subway train had kept low speed on departure, it might have stopped in time before Joshua was killed. Metro operator has full control to the platform via surveillance cameras. The driver could have had a better chance to respond if he had kept a low speed when leaving the station.
By reducing the speed, the train drivers can avoid many such tragedies as ours. It is easy for an adult to say that the youth must be careful, how many young people listen to adults? Society must take action! Using 10 seconds longer to and from stations, you can prevent many of these accidents. I never get my son back, but I can at least prevent other parents from experiencing that we have experienced.
The subway organizations are spending lot of money on advertisements to prevent people from travelling without a valid ticket and show how embarrassing it is to be caught without a ticket. «Buy ticket » is a message that you see all over the metro stations. It is the economic interest that is taken care of, but where are the security issues?
Why not spend more money on safety precautions? Is encouraging and warnings about buying tickets more prioritized than preventing accidents?
There are still few stations in Oslo which do not have a yellow line at all on the platforms.
Metro, reduce the speed at the stations! The safety of the passengers is more important than maneuverability!
Sign this appeal: http://www.opprop.net/ok_sikkerheten_pa_t-banestasjoner
Jasper and Jesmine