Woman faints and falls onto tracks at Bangkok BTS station

A woman fainted and fell onto the tracks at Wongwian Yai BTS Skytrain Station in Bangkok, Thailand, at around 9.30am today, reports CH3‘s Facebook page Nai Krasae.

A witness swiftly informed staff at the station who managed to put a stop to the trains in time and pull the woman safely from the tracks.

The witness told Nai Krasae that they saw a woman, estimated to be 20 to 25 years old, looking weak and pale standing on the platform at Wongwian Yai BTS Station on the Silom line in Khlong San district.

Then, the witness heard a sound like something falling and turned around to see the ill woman on the tracks. The witness said there were hardly any people at the station and no one saw her down.

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Luckily staff managed to stop trains in time to save the woman, but the incident could have been prevented by installing barriers on the platform, said the witness.

Unlike some other BTS stations in Bangkok – like Siam – Wongwian Yai doesn’t have barriers on the platform.

The witness expressed concerns to Nai Krasae that without barriers, accidents like this can easily happen. If it is possible to install barriers in other stations, the witness said he suggests the BTS do the same across the board to avoid tragedies from occurring.

Safety on the BTS Skytrain was brought into the spotlight in August last year when an escalator incident at Surasak Station left 27 people injured.

One 17 year old victim was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery when her leg was “torn” in the fall, exposing her bone.

A deputy inspector at Yannawa Police Station, Lieutenant Colonel Somyot Bunnakaew, said the mass fall happened after a concert at Bangkok Christian School. He said after the concert, teenagers crammed into Surasak station to escape the rain when someone slipped down the crowded escalator.

The BTS offered assistance to victims of the cush, but said the incident was out of their control…

The company would like to express our apologies for the incident which occurred. After the accident, which was beyond our control, we would like to inform you of the progress made. We have met with the relevant agencies about how we can ensure the safety of passengers even more so.”

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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