There's one thing I confess to liking when I ride on the T at rush hour. Being able to lean against the door.
But when a group of people push me into the subway car, I'm forced to give up the door and move into its center. It's like I'm being packed into a can of sardines!
Or how about when the train is forced to "stand by for one to two minutes for headway adjustment?" They are deliberately saying to you, "You are going to be late and we hope you lose your job!"
And then the worst of them all...you're on the train and you're speeding like blazes, then the train slows down and stops with no station in sight. After about 5 or 10 minutes, you hear the 14 words a subway rider dreads:
"We have a disabled train in front of us! We apologize for the inconvenience!"
THAT REALLY SUCKS!
Well, one morning, while the Red Line Train is pulling into Fields Corner station, the already packed train has air conditioning troubles. And the moment the doors open, dozens of people stumble out into the warm air. In fact, the whole train empties out while the announcer in the station booth shouts, "No passengers, please! This train's coming out of service!"
No sooner does the train pull out of the station than it changes its stripes, transforming itself into a fiery furnace. The conductors scramble to get out of the train without letting it slow down.
At Savin Hill station, people are waiting for the train when they hear a loud voice yelling, "Hell Bound Train arriving!" Everyone scrambles out of the station as the train approaches and passes without stopping. Once it clears the station, it picks up speed and a voice shouts "Hell Bound Train! Going Directly To Hell!"
Just before JFK-Umass station, the train collapses and explodes. The flames shoot out in all different directions, killing thousands of commuters on the Southeast Expressway and the JFK-UMass station. The heat is too intense for those people to escape. Cars, trucks & buses erupt into flames that engulf a 3 mile area around the explosion.
First estimates by the local news reports say that nearly 5,000 people are dead and more than 35,000 are injured. In fact, when the BZ copter flies over the disaster, the commentator almost throws up when he sees the carnage below him. Across town radio & TV announcers tell their audience, "This is not your average fire. Please stay away from the area at all costs!"
Within minutes, network broadcasts pick up the news and beam it on their morning shows. CNN & MSNBC break off from their newscasts to air the unfolding tragedy before the viewers across America & around the world. And from the looks of what's happened, something bad is about to come down...
To be continued...