Man stuck in door a freak accident, says DMRCJanuary 20th, 2012 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Three days after a commuter’s ankle got stuck in the door of a Metro train forcing him to cling on to the door till the train reached the next station, Delhi Metro Friday termed it a “freak accident” and said they had examined the train several times and found no possible reason for a technical failure.
A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official said: “It must be a freak accident. We were not able to track what went wrong in the train and the reason for Tuesday’s incident. We have examined the train several times.”
According to DMRC, the mishap took place at 10.53 p.m. Tuesday, when the commuter, Sunny Kumar, was travelling on the Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre line, bound for Rajiv Chowk.
Kumar tried to get off the train at the Janakpuri (west) station just as the door was closing, but his ankle got stuck in the door. The door closed and locked, and the train started moving.
“Kumar with his presence of mind latched onto the door (travelling almost three minutes clinging on to the door in a speeding train on an elevated track). He was rescued only at the next station, when the train stopped at Janakpuri (east). Since he clung tightly to the door the man was unhurt when he got off the train,” a DMRC official said.
The DMRC claims that the train doors are fitted with sensors that can detect any object. But they have no answer to how the doors failed to open even after Kumar’s ankle was stuck.
DMRC officials are likely to put the train back on operation.
“As of now we have not taken a final decision on putting back the train on operation. At the same time, we have examined the train multiple times, and there is no problem. We are likely to put it back on track and we will keep a close watch on its operations,” the official said.
The train on which the incident occurred will be operated on Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre line, one of the busiest lines which carries almost 6 lakh passengers in a day.
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