15 August 15, 2018
The Bangkok Mass Transit System announced today that it will install barricades on the platforms of the remaining 14 stations of the BTS skytrain system as soon as possible.
The announcement from Mr Surapong Laoha-anya, the managing director, came after an incident this morning when a female passenger fainted and fell onto the rail track at Ratchathevi station.
The female passenger was rescued and safely pulled out of the rail track by the company’s security guards. Fortunately, she suffered only minor injuries.
BMTS later announced on its website that officials immediately switched off power supply at the rail track after it was alerted of the incident and guards were dispatched to pull the victim to safety. However, the incident provoked widespread criticism in the social media against safety measure at Ratchathevi station and several other stations which are still not installed with barricades on the station platforms.
Nine stations which are regarded as busy with passengers have already been installed with barricades such as Siam, Asoke, Victory Monument and Chong Nonsee, leaving 14 which are yet to be equipped.
As for the other 11 stations of the BTS extension to Samut Prakan, BMTS said that these stations are under the jurisdiction of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration which will have to install the platform barricades.