Leg stuck in platform gap causes delay on North-East Line

Leg stuck in platform gap causes delay on North-East Line

SBS Transit says the female commuter lost her balance after she was pushed while standing in the train near the door at the North East Line Boon Keng Station. Train service on the North-East Line resumed at about 9am.

SINGAPORE: Train service along the North-East Line was delayed on Thursday (May 14) morning, after a woman fell into the platform gap.

SBS Transit said in a statement that at about 8.06am, the commuter lost her balance after she was pushed while standing in the train near the door at the North East Line Boon Keng Station.

"Her leg slipped through the 10cm gap and she could not get it out. Staff and fellow commuters quickly attended to her and the Singapore Civil Defence Force was contacted for assistance," it added.

Station staff tried to free the woman by pouring baby oil on her leg, while fellow passengers tried to calm her down.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to a rescue incident at Boon Keng MRT station on Thursday morning at 8.10am.

It said the woman in her 40s whose right leg stuck was between the platform gap was freed by SCDF officers using hydraulic rescue tools. She suffered abrasions and swelling on the right knee and was subsequently conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in a stable and conscious condition.

TRAIN DELAY: There was a delay on the North-East Line earlier this morning, after a woman's leg got stuck in the platform gap. The Singapore Civil Defence Force freed her using hydraulic tools.(Video: Ms Jasmine)

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SBS Transit tweeted at 8.25am that train service towards HarbourFront will be delayed up to 10 minutes.

It provided free shuttle bus service at all North-East Line stations, and service later resumed at 8.53am.

Ms Lim, owner of a convenience store at Boon Keng MRT station, told Channel NewsAsia: "I saw ambulance staff pushing an Indian woman on a stretcher out of the gantry."

There was still a crowd seen at the MRT station as at 9.11am, following the incident.

Source: CNA/fs