One woman reportedly killed and another escapes injury after falls on Beijing subway

Passenger dies after jumping from platform under carriage of approaching train, reports Beijing Times, halting Line 2 services and leaving many commuters stranded

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, 4:31pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, 6:04pm

One woman was reportedly killed and another escaped serious injury after falling from platforms onto Beijing’s subway track this morning in separate incidents.

Xinhua reported that a female passenger lost consciousness and fell off the platform onto the track at Xuanwumen station, on Line 2 of the subway at 6.48am.

Officials told Xinhua that the approaching train stopped as it reached the station and “[did not] have contact with the passenger”, who was able to climb back on to the platform.

A second female passenger reportedly jumped off the platform onto the track at Gulou Dajie station, also on Line 2, at 7.18am, Xinhua said. The approaching train stopped after two carriages had passed the platform.

A witness told the Beijing Times that the woman was found lying underneath the train’s second carriage. The newspaper reported that this women had died.

Power was cut for two minutes after this second incident. Large numbers of passengers were left stranded at stations along Line 2 before the subway service resumed at 7.54am.

Stations along Line 2 of Beijing’s subway, which runs around the centre of the city, do not have sliding doors installed on platforms to prevent passengers falling on to the track.

Beijing’s subway is one of the busiest in the world; the subway carried more than 9.3 million passengers on Tuesday, officials said on the subway’s official Sina Weibo website.