Why does it take so long for Japanese trains to start running again after an accident?



It turns out that there are many different people involved in the response team when a train hits a person in Japan.

The vast majority of the time, Japan is incredibly efficient the trains will get you to where you are going at the exact minute the schedule says you will arrive. Corn this almost perfect consistency makes delays all the more aggravating, and few are more frustrating than those caused by so-called Jinshin jiko in Japanese.

Jinshin jiko literally means “accident of the human body” and it is a term used to describe any type of incident in which a moving train hits a person on the tracks, whether due to an honest misunderstanding, intoxicated intoxication or suicidal intent. When a Jinshin jiko occurs, not only can it shut down multiple lines, but they can be out of service for hours, with little estimate even given to passengers of when they will be able to continue their journey.

So why does it take so long for rail service to recover of Jinshin jiko? Nagano Prefecture employee Shinano Railway recently took to his Twitter account to explain the long and complicated process.

After applying the emergency brake, the driver of a train involved in a Jinshin jiko goes on the radio and alerts all other nearby trains. Even if they are not on the same line, they should be kept away from the crash area, especially if they are to use the same set of lanes where the lines overlap, so they should be kept clear of the crash area. stop too. . A message should also be sent to headquarters, so that staff there can embark on coordinating the necessary response.

As the first employee on the scene, the train driver should perform an initial inspection of the train and also confirm whether any passengers were injured during the collision or emergency stop. Meanwhile, the seat is contact firefighters, paramedics and the police, as well as to give additional instructions to the trains and stations affected by the accident. The railway company also sends specialized technicians conduct a more in-depth inspection, which could mean summon them from their homes whether the accident happened on a weekend or in the middle of the night.

Once the firefighters and rescuers arrive, they extract the person who was hit, who is taken to a medical center if he still has a chance to save his life. Otherwise, the body is returned to the police, who then begin their own investigation, which includes the search for one of the victim’s property or other objects fallen or left on the rails. If the search takes place at night, the lack of light can make it very time-consuming.


Once the police are done, it’s time for the rail operator’s own team to step in, check not only the train, but also the surrounding infrastructure and private property for damage. There is also the task of clean and deodorize the accident site, with a macabre variable being the speed at which the train was traveling when it struck the person. The faster the train, the larger the area to be cleaned and therefore the longer it will take.

It wasn’t until all of this was finally done that the train got the green light to resume its journey. So even though there is a protocol for dealing with Jinshin jiko, the large number of steps that must be completed by separate organizations means that even though railway employees know what stage of the process things are at, they are rarely able to estimate how long it will all take. to take. So the next time you are annoyed by a vague announcement that “service will be restored as soon as possible”, try to remember that the train operator is doing everything possible to deal with a very complex problem.

Source: Buzzmag
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