Photo from Xinmin
It’s one of those things you see cartoons warning you not to do all the time: when the doors to a subway train are closing, don’t panic and try to squeeze your body in. A woman tried that at the Zhongshan Park station. And now she’s dead.
Yesterday night around rush hour, a woman tried to catch a train going from the Zhongshan Park station to Pudong on Line 2. It ended up catching her and slamming her into a metal barrier. She died from the injuries after being taken to a hospital.
From Shanghai Daily:
The station was crowded because it was rush hour and people were returning home after work.
When the train’s buzzer sounded to inform passengers that the doors would close, the woman tried to step into the carriage, the operator said.
“She put one of her hands between the closing doors,” the operator said in a statement.
Her wrist got stuck between the doors, a witness said.
Metro workers on the platform rushed to help the woman, but failed, Metro officials said.
As the train pulled out of the station, the woman was dragged a short distance before she was rammed into a safety barrier installed on the platform to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks, the operator said.
While it was a dumb move to not just wait for the next train, at the same time – how screwed up is it that our subway trains, and the operators of subway trains, can’t tell when all their doors are closed? Why, in one of the most spanking new subway systems in the world, was a feature available in elevator doors since forever not there?