Being pushed into the metro and ending up on the rails is a nightmare that every user has already had at least once, seeing the ruthless mechanical monster arrive at the platform. The metro “pushers”, those crazy people who throw people at random onto the trains, are not just an urban legend.
Even if these cases are fortunately rare, they are not for all that non-existent, like this traveler who had a bitter experience of them during the night of Monday to Tuesday in the Parisian metro: a 25-year-old imbalance pushed him on the rails a little after midnight at Porte-de-la-Villette station (line 7), tells The Parisian. He was not injured and was able to get back on the platform, no metro arriving at that time. Arrested, the “pusher” was taken to the psychiatric hospital where he was interned under duress.
What if someone falls on the tracks in front of me?
Faced with this risk, small but real, of one day being a witness to the misdeeds of a “mad pusher”, here are the good behaviors to adopt. According to France info, it is not recommended to go directly down the track to help the person who has fallen. The first things to do are, depending on the circumstances, to hold out your hand without taking any risks yourself to hoist it up or, when possible, to cut off the current on the tracks. In the Paris metro, you have to activate the alarm located in the middle of the platform, just above the fire extinguisher.
And if, by chance, you found yourself on the track, the site recommends not to rush onto the opposite track, the risk of touching the traction rail – and therefore of being electrocuted – being considered “high. “. In Paris, this traction rail, or “third rail”, is raised above the other rails.
Also in Paris, if a metro arrives immediately, it is preferable to lie down against the platform, the gap between the platform and the train being large enough to be able to slip into it. If there is some time left, you can run – in the direction of the traffic – to where the lead car will stop.
But “the shortest way out is the one by which you entered”, recalls the New York Post, who published at the end of November a guide “How to survive if you are pushed on the rails of the New York subway”. His best advice yet is to stay out of the way … watch out for other travelers, avoid stations with narrow platforms, or stay away from the edge.
“It is not a question of being paranoid, but of remaining cautious, a fortiori with regard to children and the elderly”, warned an agent of the Paris metro, interviewed by Franceinfo.