Rail Suicide A Train Driver's Struggle to Return to the Tracks

Each year in Germany, 800 people throw themselves in front of speeding trains, transforming the drivers into involuntary killers. Stephan Kniest has run over four people so far in his career - and fears that a fifth could do him in.
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Stephan Kniest at the Smickel Inn in Rotterdam.

Stephan Kniest at the Smickel Inn in Rotterdam.

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The ship spotting app used by Kniest and his friends.

The ship spotting app used by Kniest and his friends.

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Kniest and his friends Malte Kopfer and Thomas Braun at the port of Rotterdam.

Kniest and his friends Malte Kopfer and Thomas Braun at the port of Rotterdam.

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