Man rescued after hurling himself onto tracks at Taiwan MRT station

TAIPEI - A local man yesterday jumped onto the railway tracks in Taipei Metro Jiantan Station, causing delays for up to 8,500 commuters.

According to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, a man jumped onto the tracks of MRT Jiantan Station at 2:34 p.m. yesterday. The man reportedly threw himself into the path of a train bound for Taipei Main Station and was rescued by station workers.

Reportedly, following joint efforts from station personnel, firefighters and metro police officers, the man in question was transported to the Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital for immediate care. The station resumed normal operations at 3:17 p.m. yesterday.

TRTC stated that while authorities tried to resolve the situation, the MRT system did not cease operation. Both directions of the metro route between Minquan West Road Station and Jiantan Station were altered to operate on a single track, while shuttle buses were provided for commuters between Taipei Main Station and Shilin Station.

TRTC also stated that the control centre regularly updated commuters at the station about the progress of the situation. Reportedly 18 trains and up to 8,500 commuters were affected by the incident.

Authorities have stated that the reason behind the man's actions has yet to be investigated. However, according to the Mass Rapid Transit Act, any individual who tampers with station and train car equipment or obstructs the operation of the MRT system is subject to fines of NT$10,000 (S$418.70)-NT$50,000. TRTC also released a statement imploring the general public to respect the lives of individuals and the rights of the general public.


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