Nine passengers were injured this morning during a rush-hour stampede on a Shenzhen subway that’s believed to have been set off by a person fainting on a train.
The stampede occurred at around 8:30 a.m. as passengers were exiting a subway train on Line 5 at the Huangbeling Station. Apparently a person had collapsed while getting off, and the sound of a woman screaming sparked the whole ordeal. Hundreds of passengers suddenly rushed towards exits of the station like a “flood”, according to a witness cited in a Shenzhen Evening News report.
The witnesses said that the stampede lasted for about two minutes but that the scene calmed down by the time the next train pulled up.
Fortunately, no one was severely injured and those who were hurt sustained only minor bruises from getting stepped on and shoved. After the mob rush died down, newspapers, half-eaten breakfast items and a more than a few lone shoes were left scattered on the subway platform.
This is not the first time overreaction has spurred chaos on a Chinese subway. Last summer on the Shanghai Metro, passengers cleared a compartment on Line 2 within 10 seconds after a foreigner fainted on the train.
Unfortunately in some cases where people have collapsed and actually need help, passengers seem to go on with their daily commute unfazed. This was the case in Shenzhen in March 2014, when a 35-year-old woman died at a subway station after she passed out on a set of stairs and was ignored by several passersby.
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