A silly lad and his friends forced open the door of a Melbourne Comeng branded train. The lad jumped out of the train when it was still at some speed.
While not at such a speed, many is the time years ago I jumped off a moving train with its doors open, or a moving tram that had no doors. Many people did and they learned the technique of doing it. I think I could still do it, but describing it is hard. I think you face the direction the vehicle is going and step forward briskly or even run as you get off. I don't recall a massive number of train and tram injuries to people back then.
After all, trains had doors that could be open at any speed, and apart from the open doorways on a tram, the other side in warm weather would just have a drop down bar at about an older toddler head height. Astonishingly, people and kids did not fall out, although I recall the occasional pram shooting out the doorway of a tram as the tram turned a corner, usually with no damage to the baby.
Back then, I also saw someone skittled by someone jumping off a tram that was at a high speed. The old days were not always great.
So yes, you can safely jump off a moving train or tram, but not when it is going fast. The lad jumped off the train when it was still travelling at speed and could have hurt someone. He is stupid and more stupid because he put it on Facebook and alerted the world to it.
Our Metro Trains have massively over-reacted in advance and is already installing recessed finger grips to open the heavy train doors, as against the very convenient push handles that are on most Comeng trains. The big lever handles make it easy to use to open the doors for older and disabled people. The recessed finger grips are not. I expect the cost of changing all Comeng train handles will be over $100,000.
You can see the video of the lad jumping off the train here, but how often does that happen and how dangerous is it really. Teenagers heal well and quickly. I never thought I would say it, but we are really in a nanny state. People need to take responsibility for their actions and not expect the state to look after them.
Yes, I am in a grumpy mood today, abortion and train jumpers. It is my first day off after ten days of working and what do I hear? Motor cars racing around an inner suburban park, aka Melbourne's Grand Prix, is nasty. But I no complain. The race was here before we were, but I hated it and everything it stood for long before we moved here.