After leaving Shinagawa for a fun reunion with some of the old Tokyo gang; Kristel and I caught the Yamanote Line to head back home. After I parted ways with Kristel at Gotanda I continued to Ebisu to transfer trains.
You always hear about it, but think you would never actually see it happen! While waiting for my train on the adjacent platform I see an older businessman plummet onto the tracks! Whether he jumped or tripped I can’t be sure. I just saw him fall on the tracks and I was a bit horrified by what I saw. Luckily someone pushed the emergency train stop button in time before anything disastrous happened.
I was quite impressed at the response time of the JR Ebisu Station staff. They got the man off the tracks relatively quick and he seemed to be OK.
Many onlookers were staring from both sides of the platform to see if the man was fine. Rescue staff managed to rescue him from the track. The Saikyo and Yamanote Lines were stopped for a few minutes but with minimal delay.
In case of emergencies, be sure to press the emergency train stop button found throughout the platform. Also, listen to the station warnings too. Abunai desu kara kiiroi-sen made osagari kudasai may sound like jibberish to non-Japanese speakers, but it’s sound advice to stay behind the yellow line as it may be unsafe otherwise.