Around 9.30am today, a woman at Bangkok, Thailand’s Wongwian Yai BTS Skytrain Station fainted and fell onto the tracks.
Staff at the station were quickly alerted by a witness, and they were able to stop the trains in time to remove the woman safely from the tracks.
The witness reported to Nai Krasae that they noticed a woman standing on the platform at Wongwian Yai BTS Station on the Silom line in the Khlong San area who appeared frail and pale and was believed to be between 20 and 25 years old.
After the sick woman was discovered on the tracks, the witness turned around after hearing what sounded like something falling. The witness claimed that there weren’t many people at the station and nobody noticed that she was injured.
Fortunately, officials were able to stop trains in time to save the woman, but the witness claimed that barricades on the platform may have stopped the catastrophe.
Wongwian Yai lacks platform barriers, unlike several other BTS stations in Bangkok, such as Siam.
Without barriers, events like these may easily occur, the witness told Nai Krasae. The witness suggested that the BTS put barriers everywhere if it is possible to do so in order to prevent catastrophes from happening.
When an escalator accident at Surasak Station left 27 people hurt in August of last year, it raised attention to the BTS Skytrain’s safety.
One 17-year-old victim had her leg “ripped” in the fall, exposing her bone, and was transported to the hospital for emergency treatment.
Lieutenant Colonel Somyot Bunnakaew, a deputy inspector at Yannawa Police Station, stated the mass collapse occurred following a concert at Bangkok Christian School. When someone fell down the crowded escalator after the event, he said that youngsters crammed into Surasak station to escape the rain.