Every subway train comes equipped with a dead man’s switch. As seen in The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, this is a handle the train operator must keep depressed while the train is in motion. If he lets go — if something happens or the driver becomes incapacitated — the train will stop. This week, along the G train, Domenick Occhiogrosso, 50, pulled his train out of Long Island City and suffered a fatal heart attack while the train was in motion. His death triggered the dead man’s switch, and the train came to a stop. The conductor discovered Occhogrosso unconscious in the booth, and he was pronounced dead at 9:20 a.m. yesterday morning.
Must have been a bad scene in that first car.
If it wasn’t a fatal heart attack, what could have been done differently to save his life? Presumably the conductor piloted the train to the next station and called for assistance… could he have done so sooner?