Passengers onboard Shanghai Metro Line 2 reportedly cleared the compartment within 10 seconds after a foreign passenger fainted on the train this week. Metro authorities revealed it was the second case of “overreaction” by passengers on the city metro, Feng Huang News reports.
According to CCTV footage from the train, a male foreigner suddenly fell down as his head nearly dropped on the shoulder of a middle-age female passenger. He sat hunched over on the seats for a few seconds and then fell on the ground, seemingly unconscious, as the train started braking.
The compartment emptied out quickly as five passengers sitting opposite of him ran away within a matter of 10 seconds. Someone could be heard in the footage shouting “something happened” and passengers from two other compartments connected got off the train as well. A middle-age man fell down and a middle-age woman crashed on the doors. Fortunately, no stampede occurred.
The foreigner regained consciousness and left the train by himself upon arrival to the next platform.
On July 18, another case of unnecessary panic occurred on Line 8 when a middle-aged man’s cell phone started to burn. A passenger who smelled the smoke warned others that there was a fire and another passenger started yelling about an explosion. People began rushing off the train immediately.
A man’s cellphone dropped on the track and two passengers fell down in the panic. The owner of the phone left the train unfazed.
Representatives from the metro said that incidents of overcrowding, trampling, pushing, falling and property loss often stem from passengers overreacting to cases that aren’t very serious. They are urging passengers to stay calm, use rational judgment and call for help.
They added that passengers should give a helping hand to people who have fainted, instead of, you know, booking it.
In March, a 35-year-old woman died at a subway station in Shenzhen after she passed out on a set of stairs and was ignored by passing commuters who didn’t stop to offer help.
By Christy Lau