Tokyo Metro Co, which operates eight subway lines in Tokyo, said Tuesday that a newly-hired station employee has been removed from duty after he allowed a train to leave Roppongi Station even though a woman had fallen onto the tracks.
According to a Fuji TV report, the female passenger fell into a 25-cm gap between the train and the platform at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday at Roppongi Station on the Hibiya line. The victim's friend called to the station official to alert him that she had fallen, but the official in question reportedly misunderstood the call and thought that someone's personal belongings had fallen onto the track. He then authorized the train to leave the station.
Tokyo Metro said the woman was not knocked unconscious during her fall, and was therefore able to make her own way to an emergency shelter area beneath the platform and wait for the train to leave the station. Police say the woman was not injured during the incident.
Fuji TV said the official in question started the job in April this year. A Tokyo Metro spokesman was quoted as saying that he failed properly to confirm that conditions for departure were safe before allowing the train to leave the station. Tokyo Metro said it is considering how best to discipline him.© Japan Today