A man who jumped into the path of an express train was knocked back onto the platform, hitting a woman, police said Friday.
According to police, the incident occurred at Shin-Koiwa station in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward at around 2:40 p.m. on Thursday. TBS reported that the man, who was in his 30s, jumped off the platform in front of the incoming Narita Express. The impact flung him back onto the platform where he knocked over a woman. Police said the woman was taken to hospital for a leg injury but added that her condition is not serious. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
After the incident, Narita Express and Sobu train services were suspended for about an hour, affecting more than 7,000 commuters.
In the past two years, Shin-Koiwa station has been the site of at least 12 such incidents. In 2011, there were five suicides at the station over a two-month period. In one case, a woman in her 40s jumped in front of a Narita Express train and her body was sent flying against a enclosed kiosk on the platform, shattering window glass and injuring four commuters. The incident was widely covered in the media.
According to JR East, Narita Express trains are traveling around 120 kilometers per hour when they pass Shin-Koiwa, close to their maximum of 130 km/h.© Japan Today