Counseling provided to train operators after deaths

December 5, 2012 6:04:34 PM PST
A "12-9" radio call goes out when a New York City subway train hits someone on the tracks.

It's more common than you'd think.

On average, one person is hit and killed by a train every week.

That's a lot of train operators, who become victims themselves of serious emotional trauma.

The MTA automatically refers them for counseling, before they return to the rails.

Experts say train operators who witness a death on the tracks are vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder and associated symptoms like depression, insomnia and anxiety.

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