Man killed while urinating on Chicago subway

April 24, 2012 at 4:55 am Leave a comment

The Daily Telegraph reports (

“Zachary McKee, 27, died after coming into contact an electrified third rail while relieving himself at a subway stop in Evanston, Illinois, last night.
According to local police McKee clambered down onto the track at South Boulevard station and fell onto the rails at around 11pm.
A companion alerted subway security but were too late to save him.
He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.
It is not clear whether McKee urinated directly onto the third rail but, contrary to popular belief, the practice is unlikely to result in death.
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A victim would have to be standing extremely close to the electric rail in order for their stream to hold together and carry the charge. More often the stream breaks into droplets, interrupting the charge.
Many of the deaths reported to have been caused by people peeing onto electric tracks were actually the result of stepping or falling onto the rail.
In the American television show Mythbusters a presenter urinated onto an electric fence to prove that there was virtually no danger of electrocution.
It is not clear whether McKee was intoxicated at the time of his death”

Ouch! I would hate to die that way! Not a way to go!

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