Railway crossing

A woman was walking home from work when she heard the sound of the railway crossing go off, so she stopped to wait for the train. A female junior high school student rushed up beside her and without a second thought ducked under the barriers and onto the railway tracks. It takes a bit of time once the barriers go down for the train to arrive, so the girl didn’t seem bothered at all. But as she was crossing her foot got stuck, and she was unable to move.

The girl began to panic, but was unable to break free. The sound of the train and the lights got closer, but nobody was able to help her, and in the end the girl screamed out, “I don’t want to die!” The woman averted her eyes.

A short while later the woman nervously opened her eyes, but the train passed by without incident, and as the barriers raised the other people waiting crossed over as usual. There was no trace of the junior high girl who got her foot trapped in the tracks.

‘That’s strange,’ the woman thought, and when she cast her eyes to the side of the tracks, she noticed flowers and incense quietly sitting by the side of the tracks.

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There’s not a lot of concrete information about this legend. In fact, I can only find it, pretty much word for word, across a handful of websites, which leads me to believe it was likely copied from 2chan or a related blog and that was that.

The story itself is pretty straight forward and more of a straight ghost story than a warning or moral lesson. Lady sees a girl crossing the tracks, girl gets stuck, no-one goes to help her and the train comes. Only the train doesn’t actually hit anything, and it’s revealed at the end that it was the girl’s ghost; she already died prior to the story’s beginning.

Railway crossing are a popular subject for Japanese ghost stories, however. With the sheer prevalence of them all over the country, with very little standing between people and high-speed trains, it’s not too hard to see why. This is a story you could hear anywhere, at any time, and that’s what makes it an urban legend.

 

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