Having seen his infamous joke in context on YouTube, it really seem like he was joking, although distastefully. Isn't he being bashed for every distastefulness he has said the last many years, right now?
I was the 1st man on the scene at a fatality involving a high speed train.
It's not pretty, it's not nice, the emotional stress it causes on train staff, emergency services, driver & guard is immense. Some drivers never return to work, a career for life, ruined by a senseless idiot.
I am glad Clarkson said what every other rail staff says! Good on him, about time someone finally told it how it is!
People who use trains to commit suicide regardless of 'mental state', religious & marital pressures, or just then don't want to live anymore do not deserve any sympathy!
Now accidental fatalities (which do occur) are normally contributed to human error and only in rare cases failed railway equipment.