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Metro ordered to pay in man's crushing death

THE city's Metro operator has been ordered to pay about 500,000 yuan (US$72,953) compensation to a woman whose son died after being trapped between a carriage and a screen door in 2007.

The Xuhui District People's Court, which announced the verdict on Friday, found the passenger had not been at fault.

On July 15, 2007, Sun Shouhan, a local native, got caught between the train and the screen door on Metro Line 1 at the Shanghai Stadium station. When the train moved off, he was crushed to death.

His mother, surnamed Qu, sued the Metro operator and the Guangdong Province company that made the screen doors, seeking 1.18 million yuan compensation.

She said the operator didn't guarantee the security of passengers and the screen door had hidden dangers, which led to the accident.

The operator, the Shanghai Shentong Metro Co Ltd, said it had performed its duty in protecting passengers and the Metro facilities were safe and in compliance with relevant standards. It claimed Sun had tried to squeeze into the train even when the door was closing.

The Guangdong company said it had produced the screen door at the request of the operator and that it had no problems.

The court found there was a hidden danger in the space between the screen door and the train. It said the operator didn't post enough safety warnings and failed to properly train its staff in emergencies.

The operator also hadn't provided evidence to prove that Sun had tried to squeeze into the train when the door was closing.

The screen door producer was absolved of responsibility since it had designed and produced the door based on the operator's specifications.

Shentong was ruled to bear the responsibility as the facilities owner.


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