Conductor Bobby had his third last week, and had to get off the train and search for the body.
I wake up with a knot in my stomach, remembering the previous evening’s activities. I get a call from a counselor from the railroad’s employee assistance program. She says she’s sorry that I had to go through the trauma and asks if I want to come in and discuss my feelings. I thank her for the offer, but tell her that this is my third fatality in my 26 years on the railroad…and that I think I’ll be okay. She encourages me to take three days off (regular procedure whenever crews are involved in a fatality) and I tell her that I will.
They say that railroaders average three fatalities in their career. This was my third and hopefully last fatality. I’m done.
The eminently quotable conductor was also featured in a page one New Haven Register article over the weekend, a story about the infamous Milgram studies involving electric shock that took place at Yale in the ’60s.