4:57 pm Dec. 4, 20121
What should you do if someone pushes you off the subway platform into the path of an oncoming train and you can't pull yourself back up in time, as in the tragic case of Ki Suk Han?
Should you lie down in the crevices of the track bed and allow the train to roll over you, like Wesley Autrey did? Should you run away from the oncoming train, in the hope of outpacing it?
Does the M.T.A. have a canned recommendation for such scenarios?
"No, we don't have anything like it," said Aaron Donovan, an M.T.A. spokesman.
In an email, his colleague Kevin Ortiz said that, in part, that's because the situation would vary station to station.
"Due to the varying lay-outs of stations and roadbed construction there can be no single policy for a person finding themselves on the tracks," he said. "What we do say officially is that customers should stand well back from the edge of the platform when waiting for the train. Also, if a customer drops something onto the tracks they should contact a transit employee who will call personnel to retrieve the item."
See also Slate's explainer here, although it contains the words "Wing it."
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