We learnt from Shanghai Daily today that a very unfortunate man in his early twenties trying to board a train at Shanghai Stadium metro station yesterday afternoon never made it to his destination. The unidentified man was trying to squeeze his way onto a crowded carriage (as many other Shanghai residents are wont to do), but didn’t manage to get in. Subsequently:
When the doors of the train closed, he was unable to step back onto the platform as the glass safety doors had closed, trapping him between the safety doors and the train. When the train started to move the man was pulled under the car and killed, police said.
Trapped between the train and the safety doors? We never knew there was enough space there to actually trap a man! Also, if the engineers had the good sense to leave that much space between the train and the screen doors (they must have had their reasons, we wouldn’t know any better), shouldn’t they have been equipped with sensors? Also pretty shocking is the fact that the train driver was actually given the go-ahead with the man actually trapped there. We guess even though these doors were meant to help prevent suicides (according to the omniscient Answers.com at least), there is really no fool-proof way to prevent people from dying.
Shanghai Daily: Man killed trying to board train
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International Herald Tribune: Man caught between subway train and safety doors dies in Shanghai
Answers.com: Platform screen doors
Photo from never_neverland.