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May 11, 2006

Man Tries Suicide By Jumping At Train; Compelled To Pay Damages

Makes sense:

A German man who unsuccessfully tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a train must pay compensation for the damage he caused, a court in the southern city of Munich ruled Tuesday.

A spokesman for the court said the 47-year-old man leapt too late to land under the train and instead crashed through the side window of the driver's cabin. He suffered head wounds but no other lasting physical injuries, the court said.

The driver of the metro train suffered shock and was unable to work for several weeks.

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For repairs to the train and lost wages for the driver, Munich municipal authorities sued for damages of some 4,200 euros ($5,325). The court ordered the man to pay half the sum.

He should pay punitive damages, too, for risking a lifetime of traumatic memories to the train's driver. Had he been successful, he'd have involved someone else in his death.


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