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Metro appeal after fainting foreigner panic

SUBWAY passengers have been urged to remain calm even if something happens that alarms them — after the sight of a foreigner passing out led to a stampede on a train.

Metro operator Shanghai Shentong said yesterday that panicked reactions in a confined space can create dangerous situations.

“Passengers should keep calm,” said a Shanghai Shentong spokesman.

“In the case of someone passing out, passengers should try to take care of the person and call 120 for help.”

Shanghai Shentong yesterday released footage of minor incidents this summer that led to panic on trains.

On August 9 about 9:30pm, a male foreigner on a Metro Line 2 train seemed to lose consciousness and leaned against a woman sitting next to him.

Startled, she jumped up, alarming passengers in neighboring seats. Joined by other panicked occupants, they fled into adjoining carriages.

The carriage emptied within 10 seconds as the unconscious man slumped to the floor.

Panic spread to the other carriages, and there was a stampede to get off as the train approached Jinke Road Station.

In the rush to disembark, some people were pushed over.

No injuries were reported, said the Metro operator.

At the station, staff attended to the foreigner, who by this time had regained consciousness, said Shanghai Shentong.

He said he had felt unwell before losing consciousness and left the station unaccompanied shorty afterward.

The operator also advised passengers not to pull the emergency cord in the event of small incidents.

“Pulling the emergency brake will only delay the rescue. Passengers should seek help from Metro staff after the train arrives at a station,” said the spokesman.

In another case highlighted by the Metro operator yesterday, a cellphone with an electrical fault led to a panic on a Line 8 train on July 18.

A woman’s phone malfunctioned, creating a burning smell.

The acrid fumes scared another passenger, who covered her nose and announced that there was a fire.

Word spread down the train that there had been an explosion, causing panic.

The train was at a station with its doors open when the drama unfolded.

Passengers rushed out within seconds, with some falling and a man dropping his cellphone on the track in the chaos.


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