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Metro to pay 40,000 yuan to injured rider

SHANGHAI'S Metro operator has been ordered to pay about 40,000 yuan (US$6,407) in compensation to a passenger injured on an escalator, and was taken to task by a local court for failing to safeguard and assist the victim.

The Jiading District court ruled yesterday that the operator failed to "fulfil its duty as the management body to prevent and help the victim in the accident."

Court officials criticized the operator for stonewalling the victim, refusing to provide information.

The victim, surnamed Luo, was hurt when he took an escalator at Metro Line 11's Nanxiang Station in June 2011. Luo was struck when passengers ahead of him fell on him.

Luo went to a hospital to check on his injuries and found that seven ribs were fractured. He filed a lawsuit against the operator after unsuccessful negotiations. Luo demanded more than 55,000 yuan of compensation.

Officials of the Metro operator insisted a professional institute had found that the escalator did not malfunction. They said a drunk passenger triggered a domino effect involving seven to eight people.


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