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.

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