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Woman fighting boyfriend falls in front of train

A WOMAN quarrelling with her boyfriend fell from a Metro station platform into the path of an oncoming train yesterday afternoon.

The driver spotted the 25-year-old on the tracks at the Chifeng Road Station on Metro Line 3 and managed to bring the train to a halt and avoid hitting her.

The woman, who was not named, suffered a fractured hand and bruising. She was said to be in stable condition in hospital yesterday evening.

Police said they had taken her boyfriend for questioning.

"The accident caused some disruptions but fortunately it didn't happen during a work day rush hour," said the station director, surnamed Yan.

Witnesses said the couple were arguing and pushing at 12:30pm on the station platform in Hongkou District.

"They're young people and acted impulsively," said Lu Feng, a police media officer.

Lu said the woman threw the man's bag on to the tracks, then he pushed her and she slipped and fell.

The driver of the approaching train braked hard to avoid her. No passenger was reported injured.

The woman's boyfriend and Metro staff hauled her up from the tracks.

However, the woman's mother denied any pushing had taken place.

She told the Shanghai Morning Post yesterday afternoon her daughter slipped because she was wearing sandals with a poor grip.

In another incident, a man was killed by a train of Metro Line 3 after jumping from the platform at the Yishan Road Station of Xuhui District at 6:45am yesterday.

The man, in his 30s, who was not named, was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police said preliminary investigations indicated he had committed suicide.

Services were suspended for about 10 minutes.


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