Man dies an hour after being hit by MRT train
Mon, Sep 20, 2010
By Rachel Chan
A MYANMAR national was killed after being hit by a train at Khatib MRT station early yesterday morning.
Mr Than Saw, a project supervisor with a construction company here, is believed to have been drinking before he fell onto the tracks and got pinned under a south-bound train at 12.45am.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force told my paper that officers took 20 minutes to free him and had to amputate the lower part of his left leg.
He had been trapped under the train's third carriage, said the SCDF spokesman.
Mr Than Saw, who is in his 30s, also sustained multiple fractures and was taken to the nearby Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he died about an hour later.
Police have classified the case as an unnatural death and are investigating.
Khatib MRT station does not have half-height platform screen doors installed, which would prevent commuters from falling onto the tracks.
The Land Transport Authority had said that it would spend $126 million to install a total of 1,920 doors a t a l l 36 above-ground stations on the North-South and East-West lines by 2012.
There have been six cases of commuters either falling or making their way onto the tracks so far this year. Four of them resulted in deaths.
The last reported case at Khatib MRT station was in 2000, when a woman wandered onto the tracks. The train driver managed to brake in time and the woman escaped injury.
Yesterday, the last four south-bound trains from Yishun to Ang Mo Kio MRT stations were disrupted as a result of the incident. About 50 passengers were affected, said an SMRT spokesman.
SMRT offered them a free bus service to ferry them from Yishun to Khatib, Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio MRT stations, where the trains were scheduled to end their service.
Passengers who were unable to complete their journeys due to the disruption can claim a full fare refund from the Passenger Service Centre at any of the 69 SMRT stations within the next three working days, added the spokesman.
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