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Body found on tracks

A MAN was found dead on the tracks of the city's Metro Line 1 early yesterday morning, police said.

The body was apparently hit by an external force, officers said, but it was not yet determined whether he was killed by a train.

Officers suspected he was a recycling collector, but had not yet established his identity.

The subway service was stopped for about 20 minutes after the accident as police moved the body away from the track and conducted checks. The morning rush was not affected, the Metro operator said.

The body was found at 6:12am by a subway driver who was traveling from Line 1's Shanghai South Railway Station to Jinjiang Park Station, according to the Metro management.

The man was lying on the opposite track, said a station master, surnamed Yu, based at Jinjiang Park Station.

The line goes from ground level to underground between the two station, Yu said. The body lay near the entrance to the underground tunnel, police said.

How the man got into the blocked track area, cordoned off by barriers and electric fences, remained unknown.

Metro security staff, who patrol along the tracks before the service begins each day, will intensify their checks, Metro officials said.


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