Friday, April 8, 2011

Loses both legs being hit by MRT train

Thai teen loses both legs after being hit by MRT train

By Jalelah Abu Baker

Peneakchanasak Nitcharee (above), 14, who came here three weeks ago to learn English, being carried out of Ang Mo Kio MRT station by officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force on Sunday. Photo: Lianhe Wanbao

A 14-YEAR-OLD Thai girl who fell onto an MRT track at the Ang Mo Kio station has lost both her legs.

One was severed by a train as it came into the station, and the other was so badly mangled that it had to be amputated by doctors.

It is not known why Peneakchanasak Nitcharee fell onto the track in the above-ground station at about 11am yesterday, but according to Shin Min Daily News, she had a dizzy spell while waiting on the platform.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that she had come here to stay with a relative in Ang Mo Kio three weeks ago to learn English, and was supposed to return to Thailand on Saturday.

The station at Ang Mo Kio is among the 25 slated to be fitted with sliding doors aimed at preventing such falls; 11 other above-ground stations already have such 1.6m tall doors.

Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) who arrived at the scene of the incident deployed a scoop stretcher - used only in confined spaces - to lift the injured girl off the tracks.

An SCDF spokesman, noting that she was conscious throughout the rescue operation, said her lower limbs were seriously injured.

The area was cordoned off and blue slippers (above), believed to be the girl's, were found on the platform. -- Photo: Shin Min Daily News

Nitcharee's guardian (right) with an unidentified man at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Photo: Lianhe Wanbao