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More people commit suicide by train

Monday 10 December 2012

In 2011, 215 people committed suicide by throwing themselves in front of a train and 26 people tried to do so, according to new transport ministry figures.

Despite efforts to reduce access to the railways and increase surveillance near popular suicide spots, the number of deaths has gone up by 31% over the past eight years, the figures show.

Last year, psychiatrist Cornelis van Houwelingen found there is a higher risk of suicide on railway tracks close to mental health institutions and identified 60 danger areas.

ProRail said at the time it was installing fences, surveillance cameras and lighting in an effort to reduce the numbers.

Houwelingen told the Volkskrant at least two-thirds of railway suicides have known psychiatric problems and act impulsively. ‘It is important to stop that impulse,’ he said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Didnt they just take many things out of the basic plan that help these type of people in need. They said if You have a death in the family,divorce,or any other problem.. ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY...They will not pay for help and you need to pay for it yourself...Now they are spending money on cameras and fences instead of helping the person.. Like always they use the own responsibility crud to wash there hands of there responsibility and pass it to you. This is very sad...When did NL loose its heart?

By Destiny | 10 December 2012 10:52 AM

This is a tragedy that will continue to increase, unfortunately. The banksters have blood on their hands.


By Highlander | 10 December 2012 11:59 AM

Maybe even more people attempted this but got tired of waiting due to train delays and cancellations..

All the same, a pity that a few of us decide to do this. :(

By The visitor | 10 December 2012 1:22 PM

I think we should spare a thought for the train drivers too. To see someone throw themselves in front of your train is a traumatic experience.

By r.dixon | 10 December 2012 3:47 PM

@Highlander: Yes, the Dons of the ABN-AMRO-CARTEL and other brethren are on a par with the Sicilian mobsters, 'always someone somewhere gets hurt from racketeering. :P

By The visitor | 10 December 2012 5:50 PM

I think dealing with suicides should be part of the train driver training. Despite of the rate, they appear to happen rather regularly, so better the drivers be prepared in advance to handle psychologically such situations.

By George | 10 December 2012 5:56 PM

Sensationalism wins out again. Reporting on suicides during the winter holidays is not a good idea.

By J. | 10 December 2012 6:01 PM

Yet more statistical reality: If firearms (or knives, or rocks, or bats, or scissors, or...) are outlawed in an attempt to eliminate suicides (or homicides, or robberies, or muggings, or...), people will find a way to do what they feel they need to do. The law-abiding then pay the price in liberty.

By Drawer 22 | 11 December 2012 6:03 AM

The perpetrators of this sad scenario are the white shoe boys and, they just don't give a damn. people are no longer important. For example,HSBC to pay $1.9bn money-laundering fine.

HSBC to pay $1.9bn money-laundering fine

By Highlander | 11 December 2012 2:49 PM

What is more strange is the fact that more than 10% survived throwing them self in front of a train. How is that even possible?

By Jacob | 11 December 2012 3:36 PM

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