Sat, Sep 21, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Man’s MRT death spurs safety-door drive

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) said yesterday that it will complete the installation of automatic platform doors at all MRT stations by 2018 as a safety measure after the death of a man resulting from falling off the platform at Shipai MRT Station yesterday morning.

The 40-year-old man, who was in a wheelchair, fell off the

platform and was struck by an incoming train.

He was rushed to a hospital, but pronounced dead.

Yesterday’s accident was the third this month following the death of another man who also fell from the platform at Shipai Station on Sept. 11 and died.

A woman jumped off the platform at MRT Zhuwei Station on Sept. 16, but survived after being sent to a nearby hospital.

TRTC public relations division director Ling Chi-yao (凌啟堯) said the company had installed automatic platform doors at 54 MRT stations, including Taipei City Hall, Taipei Main Station, Zhongxiao Fuxing and Yuanshan to prevent such incidents.

Platform doors can prevent passengers, or their belongings, from falling onto tracks or the gap between train and platform, helping to avoid fatal accidents, he said.

Platform doors will be installed at all the stations on the Xinzhuang and Luzhou extension lines, Ling said.

The TRTC said it would complete the installation of platform doors at three MRT stations by the end of this year: Ximen, Guting and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall stations.

Automatic platform doors will be installed at all 104 MRT stations by 2018, Ling said.

Stations without platform doors were equipped with a track intrusion detection system to detect movement in the track area along the platforms, he added.

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