Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jessica Jacobs Dies


I know most of you don't know who Jessica Jacobs is, but she's an Australian television star and she was just 17. Apparently she and her brother were at a train station in Melbourne when she somehow fell off the platform and into the path of an oncoming train.

My heart just goes out to her family, and especially to her brother who was standing right next to her when it happened. I can't imagine what it's like to be standing there chatting with your sister one second and then watching something tragic like that the next.

I hate train platforms. I honestly don't know why more people are not killed each year. You stand there two inches from the edge in rush hour with a million people pressed against you, sometimes you are underground, but sometimes you are outside and you would think people would trip or slip or something more often. I'm surprised that no one has really ever put barriers in place to try and prevent these types of accidents. I guess a certain number of people would need to die each year before the cost would be worth it, but it just seems so damn tragic.

This accident happened on Saturday but, because of the time zones and sun spots, and the fact that the message came in Morse Code, I didn't actually hear about it until today. Funeral services for the actress are going to be held on Friday. The photo above is Jessica with her brother.

20 comments:

Production Girl said...

This is so sad. She was so young.

RIP Jessica.




I know what you mean about the train platforms, last week a woman was killed when she either was pushed, fell or jumped (sorry can't remember) in front of a train here. shudder

Anonymous said...

how tragic! I hope her brother and family can find some strength to get through this.

Anonymous said...

I was on vacation many years ago in Peru, climbing up and down steep trails with 8000 foot drops. My parents asked the guide why there weren't any railings. The guides said: People are more careful when there aren't railings. They had railings for awhile, but stupid American showoffs kept climbing over them and falling to their deaths. Got rid of the railings, fewer accidents.

CarolMR said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Jacobs family.

I don't know why there aren't any barriers on the subway platforms, either. I live in NYC and the platforms get unbelievably crowded. Several people die each year because they accidentally fall from the platform or because someone pushes them. I thought this was the only country without safety railings on subway platforms, but I guess not.

Stacey Charter said...

i'm always the one holding the pole or standing w/ my back up against the wall when I'm waiting for the train/ subway... Because i always had a horrible fear of falling like this! This is just so sad. sending them prayers & strength.

Maja With a J said...

I miss trains almost every day because I won't go stand close to the edge. So if the train is packed, I will most likely miss it because I wasn't right in front of the door when it stopped.

What a sad story...about Jessica Jacobs, that is.

jax said...

god how completely horrific for her brother to see that carnage.

my heart goes out to them.

lutefisk said...

What a beautiful young lady. This is a very sad story, & my thoughts are with them at this time.

MnGddess said...

Aaah, SEPTA. I remember I used to look for the train and then stand well away from the platform. Poor, poor girl.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Thoughts and prayers to the family.

mooshki said...

That episode of "Homicide" with Vincent D'Onofrio scarred me for life.

deity2 said...

This story hits home. I buried my BEST friend today. she was only 40 years old. She was at a retirement party 2 weeks ago and had a bite of cake. Little did she know, there were hazelnuts in the frosting, and she was deathly allergic. She didn't know there were hazelnuts b/c she didn't even know what they tasted like. She had 2 daughters and was the last surviving child out of three.Her parents don't know which way to turn, and I don't either.
I don't mean to be a downer to everyone, but I am cried out and needed to share with people that don't know me. Thanks

surfer said...

So sorry Deity for your loss. It gives us a sense of our own mortality when one of our friends goes, especially when they're so young.

Same thing here--no barriers, so of course there are the jumpers, those that are pushed, and the others that either faint or lose their balance. It's really scary that there are no barriers to protect people.

deity2 said...

Thanks, surfer......

liveunderarock said...

Deity, I am so sorry for your loss. You must be devastated. My best friend died last year and it is still difficult to accept. My thoughts are with you and her family. I am here for you if you need to talk or vent.

My condolences also to Jessica's family.

Maxie said...

What a dreadful story. I use London Underground every day and there have been so many instances of people falling, jumping and being pushed - yes, really. It's unbelievable. The Jubilee line is the only one which is covered (by a huge plexi-glass barrier which stretches from floor to ceiling) and it feels incredibly safe to use. Luckily I just switched jobs so from now on it will be my tube line of choice! :-)

Maxie said...

Deity - I just read your post after posting my own. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

Judi said...

How tragic and very sad. This poor family.
And, Deity, you have my deepest condolences.

Unknown said...

i went to primary school with jess, she was a good friend of mine.
her father is the music teacher at our primary school and he changed my life forever with music, it is now what i get by with.

i went to the services and funeral, and im so glad i did, to farewell such a beautiful girl who never deserved to leave this world.


rip jess, i'll surely miss you so much.

saddle club fan said...

she was good in the saddle club a lisa`s little sister and they are all going to miss her in pine hollow stables

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