Panic, fears of dying as train shook like a roller coaster

Top News | Sophie Hui 18 Sep 2019

Panicked passengers recalled the train shaking like a roller coaster before they were thrown onto the floor, with one rider saying he thought he would die.

Witnesses recalled the train was shaking severely for 10 seconds "like a roller coaster," with standing and sitting passengers falling on to the floor.

"I thought the train was going to turn upside down, and we would be dead," a male passenger said.

"Then I saw the whole car come off, with the front and back doors broken."

He added: "I was afraid - how could I not be afraid? It was a moment of life and death."

Another passenger filmed what was happening after the incident.

In the half-minute video, people are seen panicking and screaming. A man sticks his head out of the broken compartment to see what has happened, but he is pulled back by another man.

The passenger also tried to calm other people saying: "Don't worry! Don't worry! It [the train] has stopped."

A sobbing woman said: "Thank God that the car did not turn upside down."

A former MTR employee named Kwok said he was in the fifth compartment, sitting on the right side with 50 other passengers.

The train stopped and was waiting to enter the Hung Hom station when he heard some weird noises when it moved again.

"The whole car was shaking severely, and it broke off from the fourth compartment in about 10 seconds," he recalled.

Kwok said the situation was chaotic and the whole compartment was dusty after the derailment. Some people fell down and some women screamed.

He said he hit the back of his head and saw other injured passengers. Despite getting hurt, he helped other passengers leave the car.

"There were many women on the train and the compartment was quite high [from the ground], so I helped them get out from the train first," he said.

Kwok walked to the platform of Hung Hom station and was sent to hospital as he felt dizzy and had a headache.

Chu, another passenger who was in the sixth compartment, said she did not take the shaking seriously at first as carriages usually shook a bit when they reached a stop. But there was a sudden loud noise and people screamed.

Despite holding the handrail, she fell to the floor, hurting her hip and right arm.

Other passengers helped her get up and leave the train.

She said she felt a little better after a short rest and wanted to go to her office in Hung Hom. But her neck, shoulders and waist still hurt and she decided she needed to go to the hospital.

"I was in a panic," she said. "I may not take the train again."

sophie.hui@singtaonewscorp.com

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