Saturday, April 16, 2011

Man arrested for attempted suicide at MRT station

By Alicia Wong | SingaporeScene – Sat, Apr 16, 2011 1:12 PM SGT

A man in his mid-30s has been arrested for attempted suicide at Sembawang MRT Station on Friday night.
The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call at about 11.35 pm on Friday, informing them a man had fallen onto the train tracks at Sembawang MRT station.

"Upon police arrival, a man in his mid-30s was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and subsequently arrested for attempted suicide," said a police spokesperson.

The man, who had been hit by the train, complained of back pain.

About 1,500 passengers were affected during the incident, said an SMRT spokesperson.

"To maintain service on the unaffected stretches of the North-South line during the incident, all southbound trains were turned around at Woodlands MRT Station and some northbound trains were turned around at Yishun MRT Station," she said.

Bus bridging services were also deployed to ferry passengers from Woodlands to Yishun MRT station.

Commuters again took to micro-blogging site Twitter to send out alerts on the incident late on Friday.

Johny Loy (@johnyloy) tweeted, "Accident @sembawang mrt, SMRT faster complete your barrier doors please!!!"

Dynna Syafiqa (@dynna06) tweeted, "Chaos over at Sembawang MRT station."

Terence Lee, editor for online website New Nation, said he went to the MRT station at about 12.20am after seeing tweets on the incident. Lee said he saw a police vehicle and policemen at the station and that a section had been cordoned off on the train platform.

Passengers who were unable to complete their journey due to the disruption can claim a full fare refund from the Passenger Service Centre in any SMRT station within the next three working days.

SMRT is assisting the police in its investigations.

Earlier this month, a Thai teenage girl lost both her legs after she fell onto the tracks at the Ang Mo Kio MRT station and was hit by a train.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

14-year-old hit by MRT train loses both her legs

By Alicia Wong | SingaporeScene – Sun, Apr 3, 2011 3:46 PM SGT

A 14-year-old Thai girl has lost both her legs after being hit by an MRT train at Ang Mo Kio station on Sunday morning.

Peneakchanasaj Nitcharee, a student who arrived in Singapore three weeks ago to study English, lost one leg when it was severed by the oncoming train. She lost the other after it had to be amputated by hospital. doctors.

Local media reported the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call about the incident on Sunday morning at 11.11 am. The teenager, who was conscious throughout the ordeal, was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

According to local media, the girl was feeling drowsy when she fell onto the tracks. She was on her way to meet her friends, hoping to spend the day at East Coast beach cycling.

Doctors are currently keeping her under intensive care for observation.

Some eye-witnesses took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to describe the scene. They said there were many police cars at the MRT station and the teenager appeared to have broken both her legs.

Felicia Chen (@caesius_helios) tweeted that she was on the way to Toa Payoh when "people suddenly screamed" and she saw the accident victim under the train before MRT officers "ushered us down from the platform".

She said, "(her) lower limbs broke, can see (her) knee bone jutting out, head bleeding. Serious injury."

Described Zhen Qin (@lithoworqz): "Something happened at AMK station; train services to Marina Bay stopped, policemen everywhere, train only pulled into station halfway."

An SMRT spokesman said train services were not disrupted. Commuters however said there were delays of five to 10 minutes on the North-South Line.

The SMRT is assisting the police with investigations.