Date
21 November 2018
MTR staff members and several passengers help to pull out the 15-year-old girl from the platform gap at the Lam Tin Station on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: i-Cable News
MTR staff members and several passengers help to pull out the 15-year-old girl from the platform gap at the Lam Tin Station on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: i-Cable News

Student, 15, rescued after leg trapped in MTR platform gap

MTR Corp. said its service on the Kwun Tong line was disrupted for several minutes on Tuesday afternoon after a 15-year-old female student was trapped between a train and the platform at Lam Tin Station.

The number of passengers was already building up at around 4:10 p.m. when the incident occurred, Apple Daily reports.

A spokesman for the rail operator said the student tried to get on the No. 8 car of a train bound for Tiu Keng Leng at the station but her left leg got trapped in the train-platform gap that is about 4-inch wide.

According to a witness, the girl stepped into the platform gap with her left leg and then lost her balance, causing her to fall to the ground. She screamed for help, prompting some passengers to push the emergency button to alert MTR staff.

Staff arrived at the scene to help the girl while helping control the crowd as they got off the train. A number of passengers joined in helping the girl, while others gathered around to see what was happening.

About 10 responding firefighters, police officers and MTR employees rushed to the scene soon afterwards to assist the girl.

It took about 20 minutes before rescuers were able to pull the girl’s leg out of the gap. She was then put on a wheelchair and sent to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries on her left knee and left calf.

The student reportedly claimed that someone pushed her from behind, causing her to lose her balance and her feet to fall into the gap, but police said investigation showed that the incident was not suspicious and listed it as an accidental injury.

Train services on the Kwun Tong line suffered a delay between Whampoa and Tiu Keng Leng stations before returning to normal at around 4:40 p.m.

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