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ARL to build more platform screen doors at stations

Airport Rail Link (ARL), a subsidiary of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), will construct platform screen doors at all stations following yesterday's fatal incident in which a 31-year-old pregnant passenger fell onto the tracks as a train was approaching, killing her instantly.

ARL managing director Suvit Chanmanee said the barriers which include glass wall and sliding doors will be constructed first at Phyathai and Lad Krabang stations.

He said at present there is only one barrier at Suvarnabhumi airport.

There is no barrier at Ban Tub Chang station where the woman felt onto the tracks, he said.

He said ARL is in the process of calling bid to construct barriers at all stations.

The barriers at Phyathai and Lad Krabang are expected to finish first in March.

Commenting on yesterday's fatal incident and remedy to her family, he said that the ARL would look into whether the passenger's death meets criteria for insurance coverage which ARL has with insurance firm at 400,000 baht for a passenger.

In the video footage, she was seen to walk three steps toward the platform before falling to the tracks with face down in the path of the oncoming train.

She laid on the track while other commuters waiting on the platform attempt to signal the train by waving their hands, which hits her 16 seconds later.

Initially she was suspected to take her own life.

However this was rejected by her parents in Nan province who said she was a joyful woman who was still working to finance her parents at home and her brother's education.

Her husband also rejected suicide attempt saying his wife always had dizziness and fainting.

He said he rode her to the station to board train to work, and also sent message on Line application asking if she had arrived at office, but she did not reply.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)