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Anyone who has been on a train enough times will know they often have a habit of stopping suddenly and unexpectedly.
If you're lucky that is followed pretty soon after by the driver explaining that you're either being held at a red signal for a few seconds while a train passes or waiting for a platform to free up.
Or you might be in the Croydon bottleneck at the Selhurst Triangle, the busiest railway junction in the country where trains at peak times can regularly wait several minutes for space on the track or a platform at East Croydon.
But when there is an emergency on the tracks, which might include a serious signal failure, a casualty on the tracks or an issue with the tracks themselves preventing the train from running, that wait for information can take a little longer.
On Wednesday (February 26), a person died after falling from the platform on to the tracks on the Southeastern line which goes through Eden Park station.
The tragic incident happened after rush hour, at around 7pm, but still led to trains in the area stopping and being diverted.
Naturally those travelling between Hayes in Bromley and London were curious why their trains were not moving, but drivers of the trains were unable to give their passengers more details.
Meanwhile news of the incident had released on National Rail and Southeastern's social media and MyLondon was covering the latest details in a live blog.
Sometimes the passengers know more than the drivers about why a train has stopped (Image: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)But some passengers were still none the wiser as, it appears, were the drivers.
A passenger tweeted Southeastern complaining that she was able to find several details about the sad incident on Twitter, where they were releasing updates, but their drivers were not passing this information on.
This article first appeared on www.mylondon.news
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