By Jeff Stagl
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.