By Sharon Kwok
A woman surnamed Wang was forced to stand for nine stops after train doors closed on her hair when she boarded Metro line 2 in Wuhan, Hubei province.
At first she thought the doors would open up at the next station, but unfortunately only the ones on the opposite side of the train opened along the way. She had to remain in the same position while she anxiously awaited police assistance.
Fellow passengers tried but failed to free her or ring the emergency bell. One of them thought of seeking help from the driver but gave up because the driver’s cabin was too far away, especially when new passengers kept boarding other carriages.
It was not until the train arrived at Changqing Park that two policemen finally came to her rescue. According to Wuhan police, they sent officers to the specified station immediately after they received the victim’s call. However, by the time they got there, the train had already moved on to the next station. They called Wang but no one answered, so they had to search for an immobilised woman along the line.
Wuhan Metro Group said the line is always packed, and urged passengers to obey posted safety guidelines. Women with long hair should pay special attention not to squeeze through closing doors or lean against them.