Monday, November 29, 2010

Man found dead at Queenstown MRT

By yahoosingapore – November 29th, 2010

A Chinese man in his 40s was found dead on the MRT track at the Queenstown station on Monday evening.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received an emergency call at 8.16pm about the incident.

SCDF said the Chinese man in his early 40s was lying on the track below the last carriage after being hit by a West-bound train heading for Joo Koon. He had extensive head injuries and was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Eyewitnesses said at about 8.15pm, the train was approaching the station when it came to a halt. Over 13,700 passengers were affected by the subsequent train disruption.

SMRT said bus bridging services were deployed to ferry passengers from Outram to Jurong East MRT stations during a delay that lasted about one hour. .

Normal service resumed at about 9.15 pm.

A woman in her 30s who lived in Queenstown and called herself Marai told Yahoo! Singapore she saw a huge commotion at the MRT station on her way home from work.

“There were a lot of people at the station. I saw a few police cars and an ambulance on standby. I heard people talking that someone had jumped down,” she said.

The apparent suicide also made news on Twitter, with many expressing shock and dismay.

User Ryaihoney (@ryaihoney) tweeted, “My sis just got home with a black face ‘cos apparently some loner decided to commit suicide around Queenstown…why man why?”

Several Twitter users also made a reference to a recent hit song called “Grenade” by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, in which one verse contains a line that said “I’d jump in front of a train for ya”.
By yahoosingapore – November 29th, 2010

This is not the first time such a tragedy has occurred at Queenstown. Another elderly man also ended his life at Blk 181, which is directly opposite the Queenstown MRT station. Stirling Road, which is a stone’s throw from the Queenstown MRT station, was also the site of a gruesome murder in 2007.

Twitter user missbouncy (@missbouncy) also tweeted, “I was wondering why all suicides (sic) choose Redhill/Queenstown.”

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