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By Jeff Stagl

February 2017 


The two most common ways people commit suicide in the United States are by

gunshot and by a prescription drug overdose. But another recurring method is

by train. If a distraught person doesn't have access to a gun or pills, he

or she might seek the nearest railroad track - which is easier to find - and

intentionally wait to be struck by a train.


Suicides involving trains are emotionally trying for rail employees who

witness them. The workers often need counseling to deal with the shock or

guilt such a traumatic event can cause, or the anxiety of being reminded of

a loved one or friend who recently committed suicide.