Because these things do happen
A belligerent assailant, a 17-year-old boy and a lack of safety rails came together with cataclysmic results yesterday, as another LRT (Light Rail Train) shoving incident took the life of Gage Jeffrey Prevost.
According to witnesses, Prevost was pushed off a terminal platform in Calgary by a 20-year-old woman with whom he'd been having an argument. He was crushed between the trains and died of massive internal injuries.
This most recent incident is far from isolated. They've happened several times in Edmonton. The most recent Edmonton incident, Chris Cassidy was pushed in front of a train by a 40-year-old man who claimed "voices" had told him to do it. He survived by squeezing up against the wall of the terminal. In 2000, Gordon Merrick pushed a 22-year-old woman in front of a train. Both men were charged with attempted murder.
And with good reason. Not many people win collisions with trains. In fact, the last time anyone checked, no one does.
The fact that remains is that neither Edmonton nor Calgary LRT systems have practiced due diligence. Safety rails in LRT terminals are actually an extremely inexpensive method of preventing these incidents.
They would make stopping the trains a little more difficult (operators would now have to stop the trains in precise locations), but in this most recent incident in Calgary, such rails would literally have saved a life.
That's an infantessimal price to pay, all things considered.