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Skytrain doors open, anxious passengers stay inside

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A skytrain appeared to be inviting passengers to step out on to the electrified tracks when it opened its doors before reaching the platform at Siam. Fortunately, passengers took photos instead.

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A passenger’s photo clearly shows the train had opened its doors before reaching the Siam station platform. Twitter photo from @zungzae.

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Skytrain doors open, anxious passengers stay inside


The BTS skytrain boss has denied a report the doors of a skytrain car came open yesterday while the train was in motion.

However, some passengers who were on the train insist the doors came open as the train was still moving. One posted a picture on Facebook of the train.

Another passenger posted the photo of the incident on her Twitter page @zungzae. She said the incident happened about 10am on the Sukhumvit Line and was dangerous for passengers.

Anat Arbhabhirama, director of BTS Group Holdings, said the incident occurred when the train was travelling from Chidlom to Siam station.

He said a technical problem caused the train to stop before fully arriving at the Siam station and the doors of the train opened while part of the train was not yet at the platform.

A widely-distributed photo from @zungzae.

‘‘There was a technical problem, disrupting communication between the central control room and the train,’’ he said. ‘‘The driver then switched from automatic to manual for the train to stop at Siam.’’

The driver miscalculated the distance and stopped the train before all of the cars reached the platform, he said. ‘‘The problem was fixed shortly after.’’ He said drivers would have to seek permission from now on to open the train doors if a similar situation occurs.

platform – an area next to a railway track where passengers get onto and off trains ชานชาลา
anxious – worried because you think something bad might happen ที่วิตกกังวล, ที่ร้อนใจ
passenger – someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it  ผู้โดยสาร
deny – to say that something is not true ปฏิเสธ
in motion – moving
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
distribute – to give something out to many different places  แจกจ่าย
disrupt – to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem ได้รับการกระทบกระเทือน  ถูกทำให้หยุดชะงัก
switch – to change เปลี่ยน
manual – by hand, i.e., without using an automatic system ด้วยมือ
miscalculate – to judge a situation wrongly คำนวณผิด,วินิจฉัยผิด
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
seek permission – to ask for permission ขออนุญาต
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place  สถานการณ์


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