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Woman survives falling under train

FALLING off a subway platform, disappearing beneath a passing train, but coming out unharmed is not a common event, but such a miracle happened to a woman at a Metro station yesterday during the morning rush hour.

The woman, who is not -believed to have been -attempting suicide, was thought to have been fallen between the tracks and the space at the bottom of the train, which saved her life.

Some passengers who saw it kept saying the woman "was so lucky" and others said that it was a miracle.

The accident happened about 8:20am at Metro Line 1's Wenshui Road Station. The woman who was standing at the platform waiting for a train suddenly leaned forward and fell onto the tracks just as a train was approaching, according to Metro staff.

The moment station workers pushed the emergency button, the train driver also spotted the woman and put on the train's brakes.

When the train finally stopped, the woman could not be seen, a witness said.

But as workers climbed down, they saw the woman lying between the tracks. The gap, about 50 centimeters, between the track and the bottom of the train, was just enough to allow the woman to escape unharmed.

"She could have been killed if she had moved just a little," staff said.

The woman claimed she had been under a lot of pressure at work in recent days and suddenly felt unwell while standing on the platform.

The unnamed woman, who declined to be checked for injuries, left the station accompanied by her relatives.

The system resumed normal service at 8:29am, the Metro operator said.


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