gotta keep making the stops

Perversely, this reminds me of that “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer was driving a bus and fighting off a would-be attacker, and yet kept making the stops. Jerry asks, “You made all the stops?” and Kramer yells, “Well, they kept ringing the bell!”
Anyway, this article describes a much sadder, real situation:

A doctor on board and other passengers frantically tried to revive 61-year-old James Allen and begged the crew to stop for help on July 30, 2002. By the time the train stopped 20 minutes later at Back Bay station in Boston, where paramedics used a defibrillator to try to jolt Allen’s heart and restore its rhythm, it was too late.

I guess the train kept making the stops, and the guy died because they didn’t get to Back Bay in time, where there was a defribillator.
The man’s wife wants the T to install defribrillators on the trains themselves – the T refuses, and it’s not clear why. Are they worried about liability, I wonder?
Sounds pretty grim in that article. The train made three stops and people just stepped over the guy as he lay unconscious on the floor.

4 Comments so far

  1. Em (unregistered) on July 21st, 2004 @ 7:32 am

    I was on the train this day! Finally they stopped everything at Back Bay and I walked to Fort Point Channel to go to work. I didn’t know what was going on until I heard it on the news later. It’s really sad and bizarre. If they had one portable defribrillator per train (or even per station!) it seems like it would be a small price to pay for possibly saving a life.

  2. mk (unregistered) on July 21st, 2004 @ 8:29 am

    Yeah, and his wife is willing to find a way so that the MBTA doesn’t have to pay. And they still won’t take’em.

  3. Em (unregistered) on July 21st, 2004 @ 9:38 am

    Weird. As if we needed another reason to get riled up about the T.

  4. Cassford (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2004 @ 4:16 am

    How in the world did the fellow quoted get th e job as T spokesperson? I suppose when your position is indefensible, you can’t really say much.

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