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Woman dies after hand stuck in subway

A MIDDLE-AGED woman died after she got her hand stuck in a subway train's doors and was dragged into a safety barrier yesterday, the Metro operator said.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said the incident occurred at 6:16pm when a train was departing from the Zhongshan Park Station on Line 2.

The train was heading for the Pudong New Area.

The station was crowded because it was rush hour and people were returning home after work.

When the train's buzzer sounded to inform passengers that the doors would close, the woman tried to step into the carriage, the operator said.

"She put one of her hands between the closing doors," the operator said in a statement.

Her wrist got stuck between the doors, a witness said.

Metro workers on the platform rushed to help the woman, but failed, Metro officials said.

As the train pulled out of the station, the woman was dragged a short distance before she was rammed into a safety barrier installed on the platform to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks, the operator said.

A passenger surnamed Chen said he noticed blood on the woman's head and cuts on her legs.

"I thought she was still alive then," said Chen, who claimed a Metro worker was talking to the woman to ensure she remained conscious.

The woman was later pronounced dead in a local hospital, the operator said.

Her name and age were not released.

The Zhongshan Park Station is not equipped with shield doors like most Metro stations.

The station's safety barriers are about 1 meter high.

The shield doors are equipped with infrared sensors to inform subway drivers not to start the train when something is stuck between the doors.

In July 2007, a man was crushed to death after his body got wedged between the shield doors and carriage doors at the Shanghai Stadium Station on Metro Line 1.


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