Date
25 July 2017
A rail passenger carrying a Taiwan-brand soft-drink had an unfortunate experience on an MTR train this week. (Representational pictures) Credit: HKEJ, Baidu
A rail passenger carrying a Taiwan-brand soft-drink had an unfortunate experience on an MTR train this week. (Representational pictures) Credit: HKEJ, Baidu

Soft-drink bottle explodes on train, injuring university student

A university student in Hong Kong has suffered injuries as a soft-drink bottle he was carrying exploded in an MTR train on Tuesday. 

According to Apple Daily, the victim was a 33-year-old mainlander surnamed Jiang who had enrolled at the medical school of the University of Hong Kong.

The accident happened as he was returning to his Hong Kong residence after a trip to Fuzhou in China’s Fujian province to see his parents. 

After crossing the border at Lo Wu, Jiang took an East Rail Line train, carrying a a Taiwan-made soft drink in his backpack.

When the train arrived at Tai Wo Station at around 7pm, the bottle suddenly exploded, throwing up fragments of glass and causing cuts on Jiang’s body.

A woman who was nearby also suffered minor injuries. Jiang was said to be standing in the rail coach when the incident happened.

Investigations by MTR staff revealed that Jiang was carrying a soft-drink made by Taiwanese food and beverage giant Uni-President Enterprises.

The drink, under the Sea Salt brand, is said to be popular in the mainland due to the manufacturer’s claims that it can replenish salt in the system.

Chan Wing-hong, a professor of chemistry at Hong Kong Baptist University, said the bottle might have been punctured due to pressure built up by carbon dioxide in the beverage.

High temperature and the rattle and shake of the train may have contributed to the explosion, he said, adding that the bottle cap may not have been sealed properly.

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