Dilemma… should I sorrowfully write about the safety issues, and that 30 people were injured, or should I yelp in morbid excitement at the thought of a tube train riding up an escalator?
It is a very serious accident, and there are reports that the train driver may have fallen asleep just before the train jumped the tracks and plowed ahead, eventually riding up the escalator at the end of the platform.
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) March 24, 2014
Fortunately, it’s a huge station, for if such an accident were even possible in London, the train would have been squashed into a tiny tunnel space. Not unlike the Moorgate disaster, which would have been a far worse situation.
Fortunately, the accident here took place at about 2:50am, when the line is at its quietest.
Most of the injured passengers were treated for minor injuries and released.
And yet, for all the expectation of concern for those injured, the travel disruption being caused, etc, I just can’t get past the amazing sight of a train stuck near the top of an escalator.
It’s just not something you ever expect to see, outside of a weird dream one night.
The most astonishing photo is here.
In fact, it reminded me, in a gallows-humour sort of way of this press photo from a couple of years ago promoting a tube-train shaped camping tent for children.