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TransLink warning people to be responsible with Pokémon GO

Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm PST

(Source: pokemon.com)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – No virtual monster is worth your life. That’s the message from Transit Police after they believe someone playing “Pokémon GO” jumped onto SkyTrain tracks.

People have been playing on SkyTrain platforms since “Pokémon GO” launched in Canada. The Broadway-City Hall, Aberdeen and Bridgeport stations have been hotspots, but players have managed to stay on the platforms.

Transit Police say a man was spotted today on the guideway at the VCC-Clark station while another man filmed what he is doing. He was there about 20 seconds and set off the guideway intrusion alarm, causing the incoming trains to brake.

Anne Drennan with Transit Police says they haven’t spoken to the man, so they can’t know for sure what he was up to. Whatever the reason was, it wasn’t very bright. “There is very high voltage, 600 volts, along the sides of the tracks which could electrocute a person. You could get caught in the track. Any number of different things could happen if you jump down.”

She adds passengers on the abruptly stopping trains could also have been injured.