Do Not Pee On The Train Track

Zachary McKee of Ossian, Indiana died over the weekend after a brutal electrocution from the 3rd rail of the Purple Line ‘L’ tracks in Evanston.

Late Sunday night McKee, a veteran who severed four years in the Marines, decided to climb down onto the tracks to relieve himself.  While it was first reported his electrocution was the result of him urinating onto the electrified 3rd rail, an investigation revealed that McKee actually fell onto the track suffering his fatal injuries.

His friends rushed to assist him and contact train officials but there wasn’t much that could be done for him.  McKee was in town attending a Cubs game and had tweeted not long before his death “There’s no stopping us now”.

The realities of the dangers of urinating onto the third rail have been long debated.  Mythbusters did an episode about this and found that it would unlikely cause death, but there have been reports over the years of people dying after doing exactly that.

 

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