"Attention passengers--there has been a fire on the train tracks and firefighters are on their way to assist you," said the PA system on Chicago's Red Line mass transit.
"There has been a fire on the train tracks and firefighters are on their way to assist us," 40 people relayed into their cell phones.
"Please remain in your car until further instructions."
"We're remaining in our car until further instructions," relayed 40 callers.
Imagine life without cell phones--especially during an emergency. People might talk to the officials in charge--or the other people involved in the emergency. In the fire threatened train car they might have turned to their seat mates and said, "Are your feet getting as hot as mine?" or "Should we open the emergency exit doors for air?"--instead of phoning the set of all people who know them as, "Hi, It's Me."
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