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These Transit Safety Videos Are So Gruesome They Just Might Work

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Whoops. (Video: Metro Los Angeles, GIF: Andrew Liszewski)

What would convince transit riders to pay attention to an oncoming train instead of Instagram? Apparently, a graphic depiction of certain dismemberment.

Some very disturbing safety videos have been created by LA’s Metro that might make you think twice about leaving your house. The five videos in the series feature people being dismembered, decapitated, impaled, flattened, and crushed because they didn’t see the train coming.

According to Metro Board Chair and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the campaign is intended to shock you. “These videos are edgy by design because we want these messages to stick,” he said. “A lapse of attention at a rail crossing or unsafe behavior at a station can have dire if not deadly consequences.” The idea was inspired by a famous 2012 campaign from Melbourne.


Here are all the other ways trains can kill you. After repeated viewings, I don’t think everyone is dead. You can definitely hear some post-impact groans. The sound effects are especially inspired.

[Metro Los Angeles]