Woman gets trapped behind platform doors as Shanghai train departs station

Woman gets trapped behind platform doors as Shanghai train departs station
PHOTO: Video screengrab/Kankan News

A woman in Shanghai found herself trapped between a departing train and platform safety doors during the morning rush on Wednesday (April 25).

Running late for work, she tried to force her away on board a train, South China Morning Post reported.

She sneaked past the platform safety doors but was unable get into the packed cabin, which left her in a dangerous predicament.

Stuck in the small gap between two sets of doors, she stood still as the train pulled away from the station.

A video clip of the incident has since gone viral on Chinese social media.

Despite the scare, the woman was not injured.

According to Kankan News, local authorities said they are investigating how the passenger had managed to pull open the platform safety doors.

Experts said that these doors have sensors that will alert operators and stop trains if the barrier is breached. In the event that safety doors cannot be opened, station staff will still be able to open them manually.

However, there appears to be a loophole in these safety measures.

In 2014, a 33-year-old woman in Beijing was killed after she was dragged onto the train tracks.

She was similarly trapped between two sets of doors that did not detect her presence. The train left the station despite other passengers' desperate attempts to alert the driver. 

minlee@sph.com.sg

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