TransLink Alleges Pokemon GO Player Risked Life to Jump on SkyTrain Tracks

TransLink wants Pokemon GO players to use their brains and think, after reports of a man jumping onto high voltage SkyTrain tracks, was allegedly playing the game, reports News1130:

Transit Police say a man was spotted today on the guideway at the VCC-Clark station while another man filmed what he is doing. He was there about 20 seconds and set off the guideway intrusion alarm, causing the incoming trains to brake.

Transit Police spokesperson Anne Drennan said they haven’t spoken with the man, so they aren’t exactly sure what he was doing on the tracks. She did emphasize “There is very high voltage, 600 volts, along the sides of the tracks which could electrocute a person. You could get caught in the track. Any number of different things could happen if you jump down.”

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The triggering of alarms would mean oncoming trains would have abruptly stopped, potentially injuring passengers inside.

Earlier this week, Ontario’s Premier advised players to look up while walking, as a message to keep citizens safe. While some businesses have embraced Pokemon GO, other locations such as Toronto’s SickKids Hospital wants players to go elsewhere.

After launching on Sunday, Pokemon GO has become the top downloaded and grossing game in Canada.

These Pokemon GO stories write themselves. You can’t make this stuff up. #gottacatchthemall

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  • Joe

    Hope they catch this guy and fine him. You can’t delay a train with 100’s of people on it just because of a video game. That’s pretty ridiculous.

  • David Ranson

    The story quotes Transit Police as saying “they haven’t spoken to the man so don’t know what he was doing there” so how did this become about Pokeman Go? I don’t play the game or care, but it seems like a number of conclusions have been jumped to here??

  • T33BS

    I watched the video the of the PoGo player from the friend’s prospective who was recording. Fun little video for my enjoyment. I don’t want to play the game, I do, however, want to see the side stories this craze creates 🙂