March 17, 2015 3:18 pm

2 things to do if there’s an emergency on the Montreal metro

Wondering what to do in an emergency in a Montreal metro station?


MONTREAL — After dramatic footage of three men rescuing a woman off the tracks in a Montreal metro station went viral, many expressed concern at how dangerous it was to try and help.

City councillor and STM vice-chairman Marvin Rotrand told Global News that people should never jump on the tracks.

“As for the Good Samaritans that jumped on the track, they should be aware there is a current on the track: it’s 750 volts,” he noted.

“It is a live current … and it could be fatal.”

As a result, the city’s transit authority is advising people what to do in an emergency situation.

1. Use the phone

In case of emergency, transit users can contact transit authorities by using the emergency telephone, which can be found on every metro platform.

2. Cut the electricity

It’s possible to manually cut the high-voltage power on the train tracks by pulling the lever below the telephone.


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