Emergency door nightmare

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 March, 1999, 12:00am

On the morning of February 27, at around 11am, I was travelling from Sha Tin to Lowu by KCR.

There were no spare seats so I stood and leaned against the emergency door in the compartment. I was horrified when the door suddenly opened.

The train was moving and I lost my balance and almost fell. I could actually see the railway track.

All the passengers were staring at me and it was an embarrassing experience.

I slammed the door shut and was grateful that I had not been dozing at the time or I could have fallen on to the track.

If passengers are not supposed to lean against these emergency doors at the end of compartments, then there should be a warning notice to that effect put on each door. The existing notice is misleading. It says in an emergency you should push the plastic plate and pull the emergency handle to open. It gives the distinct impression that unless this is done, the door will remain firmly shut.

Safety should be a top priority on the KCR. The KCR Corporation should deploy sufficient staff to check emergency facilities on a daily basis. Any faulty locks should be repaired without delay. This compartment was numbered 172.

STEVE CHAN New Territories