Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Killed by a train

A lad was killed at a local station a couple of nights ago, Heyington Station to be precise. I knew because of tweet. R knew about it as it was covered in a commercial evening news bulletin. I watched the ABC news that evening and there was no mention. I had earlier listened to an ABC radio news, but there was no mention. If not for the tweet, I would not have asked R about it I would not have known about it, and I am normally pretty up to speed to with such things.

Why is it not being made a big deal of? Why is it not on the news?

I looked at our local papers, The Age and Herald Sun online, and there was nothing.

Surely a lad slipping between the gap between a train and the platform and most horribly, the train taking off and him being killed, is newsworthy. Given there were umpteen cameras on the platform, surely so. Melbourne's pram woman who let her carriage containing her child roll down a platform onto train tracks went viral.

Recently I have noticed some of the gaps between platforms and train floors can be quite large.

So what went on here? Heyington Station is one of our quietest railway stations in one of our most expensive areas. If you live within walking distance of Heyington Station, you probably have big money.

I think public transport is the way to go for our future and if it goes wrong, as it does often enough, I want to know why, especially if someone is killed when using it.

I googled. A two line report from the Herald Sun came up. It said no more than a lad was killed at a station, and no details.

I can only conclude the lad who was killed had very rich and influential parents. His parents killed the story in the media and are so influential that even our public broadcaster, our publically funded ABC, did not report the accident.

Other people have fallen between the gap and it became big news.

Conspiracy theory or a busy news day? 

34 comments:

  1. Very interesting! Poor kid.

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    1. Fen, yeah, a pretty horrible accident. I assume you did not hear about it.

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    2. Very sad and most tragic accident that did not receive media coverage.

      Most accidents on trains are people being hit by the driver's mirror, they stand too close to edge of platform.

      V/Line and Metro are researching safety mechanisms to try and avoid such avoidable tragic accidents.... But again, this is money that must come from the tax-payer and there's no votes in it :(

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    3. Thanks Allan. From comments here and private emails, it turned out to be quite messy. I wasn't aware of the mirror effect, so to speak, but if people stand behind the yellow lines, there won't be a problem. This can't be a particularly Melbourne problem. Many trains have mirrors and line marking on platforms. Are VLine and Metro spending money to find about what is already known and already dealt with on other trains systems?

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  2. Sad that it wasn't considered newsworthy at all? Wow.

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    1. Keith, very mysterious. I emailed a local radio broadcaster, and he fobbed me off with we don't focus on tragedies.

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  3. I do remember hearing something about it on the news here Andrew.. Definitely sounds as if there's a lot more to the story than was reported!

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    1. It certainly does to me Grace.

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  4. Sometimes the family request that a death is not reported in the press.
    Merle..........

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    1. I suppose Merle. I just read how the press turned up at the doorstep of the family whose daughter was killed by a tree within one and a half hours.

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  5. That's weird, Channel 7 news covered this story and even interviewed one of the kids that was with this boy when the accident happened.

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    1. Evol, that would be what R saw, and after that, nothing.

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  6. Sadly it WOULD have been news if the lad had been a celebrity.

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    1. No doubt about that EC.

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  7. It may have been hushed up by the family if it was a suicide.

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    1. River, it sounded more like a terrible accident to me, but who knows.

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  8. This man is my 18 year old cousin.
    His parents also did not kill any story.

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    1. I'm very sorry Jake. It is truly awful, but I am at a loss as to understand why it did not receive coverage.

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  9. Yes, def saw this on Ch 7 news that night. Very sad story! Great to highlight this sort of story, as it's a simple accident that could happen to anyone.
    I was commended one day by an inspector, as I got on the train, holding both twins by the hand. "I wish all parents were as conscious as you".

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    1. Rae, It will ever be a mystery. R was telling me about a girl with her mother who was hit twice by a closing tram door on a packed tram. Probably better to not take kids on packed public transport if you can avoid it. I've seen most parents take great care with their kids but there is the occasional one who lets their kids rush off a tram, without checking if cars have stopped. There is probably a blog post in how to use public transport safely when you have kids with you.

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  10. He was on the way home from seeing a friend. He didn't live on Heyington Place.

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    1. Anon, Glen Iris, I think.

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  11. This man is a friend of mine, it was a complete tragic accident - he wasn't depressed or suicidal, and was really one of the greatest people I've ever known. It really should have more coverage because the crappy station is completely to blame (his parents are working on legal cases to do with that).

    I can only think Metro or PTV paid off the news stations because they don't want to have to fix the stations, he's not the first person to die like this. They don't want people to know how unbelievably dangerous the system is.

    It's possible that because the police are still investigating they've requested no reports are released so no false information gets out, but I doubt that.

    He isn't the first person to lose their life this way, it's utterly ridiculous that no one knows about it - they even washed the paint off the platform (it had a RIP message) within 48 hours of it being done. Some graffiti stays on train stations for years before anything is done, if ever, but somehow they were able to get to Heyington to get rid of a RIP sign so soon. There was about 8 Metro employees and 7 or so police officers at Heyington that day. It's so utterly ridiculous.

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    1. Thanks Maddi. Your claims are both extraordinary and I am sure true. As I am sure you know, I am not young and I have seen many things, but this one really has me stumped and somewhat slayed me.

      Your theory is about paying off media is plausible, except that does not work for our ABC, well I hope not.

      So sorry for the loss of your friend.

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    2. There's a petition to upgrade the station safety.
      http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AiGZh/zOpY/cQ6cJ

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  12. I do hope all reading this realize that this post is nothing but an attack at a perfectly good and honest family.
    Metro a million dollar company may have hidden the death for their own image, and would that not make more sense than a small family paying off the media?
    The family has not been contacted by any press, and are just as unsure as you as to why this is so, but they are not to blame. Friends and family gathered around whilst mourning the death of our boy only to see photos and his full name being posted on 7 news that night, the family had absolutely no connection nor say to this happening.
    His parents are the kindest, most honest and genuine people who I've had the pleasure of knowing in my life, people who think that they can accused them of something like this and even question if it was a suicide only 2 days after they've lost their son, need to take a step back and try see something from another person's perspective.
    Maddi is correct in saying he wasn't depressed nor suicidal, I know this not only as I knew him my entire life but as I was with him before he left that night. As for her comment on the police investigation, this is also true the police have released a post asking those who were there on the night or have information to contact crime stoppers or the police. Thus proving the investigation is still going.
    Please think before you post, i understand the interest in current events, but maybe being accused of paying off media 2 days after a family members death is a little too much.
    Cheers.

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    1. I didn't say anyone paid anyone off. My point is that people will think such things when something is not properly reported. Thanks for you comment and I don't doubt your sincerity or the distress of his family and friends. However, I still am puzzled about it.

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    2. "I can only conclude the lad who was killed had very rich and influential parents. His parents killed the story in the media and are so influential that even our public broadcaster, our publically funded ABC, did not report the accident."

      Sorry but i think others would agree that's an accusation of exactly that.

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    3. Rich people are influential, by the fact that they are rich. I did not say anyone was paid off. I think I accept that this did not happen in this case.

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  13. The lad who died was big in the local street art scene. My assumption is that either officials decided his death should not be publicised to try to prevent fellow street artists from paying tribute in art form at the station or on trains and thereby putting their own lives at risk, or that the family made the request so that there would be no rumour of misadventure to sully what was simply a tragic accident.

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    1. Thanks. Finally I now have an understanding of what happened. It hadn't even crossed my mind, but makes so much sense.

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  14. There's a petition to upgrade the station safety.
    http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AiGZh/zOpY/cQ6cJ

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