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Stuck in door,man dragged by train to next Metro station

Second such incident in Delhi Metro history,technicians perplexed why compartment doors failed to open.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Published: January 19, 2012 3:26:48 am

A day after 30-year-old Soni Kumar got stuck between the doors of a Metro train,and was dragged from one station to another,tests failed to reveal what had gone wrong. Officials said they are probing deeper into the “freak incident”.

CCTV footage revealed that Kumar was stepping out of the Metro at the Janakpuri West station around 11.15 pm on Tuesday when his ankle got stuck between the doors. When Kumar tried to free himself with his hands,the train started moving out of the station. Even as the train dragged him all the way to the next station,Janakpuri East,a fellow commuter held on to him from the other side. As the Metro corridor was elevated,Kumar escaped with minor injuries in his hand and ankle.

When the train reached the next station,the train operator freed Kumar’s hand by forcing the door open.

Delhi Metro officials said the Bombardier train was pulled out of service soon after the incident,and several tests were performed on it. However,the technicians were unable to identify why the automatic door had not detected the obstruction and reopened.

H S Anand,Director (Rolling Stock),DMRC,told Newsline,“During the tests,we tried recreating the incident by obstructing the same door,but this time it functioned as it was supposed to. All Metro train doors can detect obstructions that are more than 20 mm,and re-open on their own. The CCTV footage clearly shows that the passenger’s ankle — which was definitely more than 20 mm — was stuck in the door. We are still checking for the cause.”

“Even the train operator is being questioned over how he failed to notice that somebody was stuck between the doors. We should be able to get a final report on the incident by Thursday,” Anand said.

This is the second time such an incident has occurred on the Delhi Metro. In February 2009,a customer facilitation agent’s hand got stuck between the doors,and he was dragged from Rajiv Chowk station to New Delhi station,hanging precariously from the coach. As he was dragged along through an underground Metro tunnel,he suffered serious injuries.

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