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Woman held for delaying subway

A WOMAN has been captured for delaying a Metro train by blocking a platform's screen doors when she didn't get on in time, police said yesterday.

The 30-year-old woman, surnamed Zhan, was taken into custody on Monday and may be detained for five to 10 days. No one was injured but more than 2,000 riders were delayed during the morning rush hour on March 14, authorities said.

The woman was seen running from the stairs toward a train on Metro Line 1's Shaanxi Road S. station as the train's doors closed and the screen doors, installed for safety on the platform's edge, were closing.

In a picture widely spread on the Internet, the woman, wearing a red coat, stood between the screen doors, which failed to close because she had her feet between them.

As crowds inside the train stared as the subway signal was blocked and it did not move, the woman took out her cell phone and played games on it, said the police.

Metro staff tried to persuade her to take the next train, but she ignored them and focused on her phone, other passengers said.

The standoff lasted for about two minutes until the train doors opened as during an emergency and the woman got onboard. The woman had left with the train as police arrived.

The woman, who was tracked down, regretted what she did to others, police said.

In another case, police said a fine had been levied against a man who pulled an emergency handle, making a train stop on Metro Line 3 during the morning rush on March 25.

The man, surnamed Liu, was detained after he left the train and walked on the track back to a Metro station, saying he felt sick. Thousands of passengers were affected.

Police did not disclose the amount of the fine, but according to regulations, he would be fined up to 500 yuan for violating security management. Police said he likely will face further punishment.

A Metro official said passengers should not "carry out such dangerous conduct."


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