A woman in her 20s fell onto the tracks at the Hibiya Line Roppongi Station last June 9, according to Tokyo Metro. Sounds like a pretty common story since a lot of people fall onto the tracks of Japan’s train stations. But this time, the woman barely escaped with her life because the station worker thought she was a bag.
Around 9:25PM on June 9, a woman fell into the 25cm gap between the train and the platform when she was trying to get onto the train. Another woman who was with her started shouting “She’s fallen!” But the station worker who was manning the platform assumed that she was talking about a bag and he explained to the woman he would get it after the train left the station. He then signalled the train to depart. When he called for a grabber to retrieve the bag, that’s when the woman told him again, “It was a person who fell.”
Fortunately, the woman who fell onto the tracks was able to escape being crushed or dragged by crawling to the space underneath the platform and was unharmed. According to Tokyo Metro, the station worker joined them in April and was posted at the Roppongi station for one and a half months. Tokyo Metro thoroughly apologized for the incident and said they will “thoroughly instruct” the station worker.
[ via Japan Crush ]