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Platform width questioned in death of Toronto commuter

May 5, 2015   By CCE

A man was dragged to his death on the crowded GO Train platform at Union Station in downtown Toronto during the evening rush on April 29. The 31-year old was pulled under a train as it left for Barrie when his knapsack became caught in the engine car.

In the National Post, an article quoted other rush-hour commuters who said the platforms in the station are extremely narrow at points, so people are often pushed too close to the edges, especially around the stairways.

However, a spokesperson from GO said Platform 11-12 where the accident occurred was one of the wider platforms and that there was no construction at the time.

To read the article in the National Post of April 30, click here.


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  1. Ruben says:

    While travelling in Asia I’ve seen some extremely crowded platform situations, usually at older facilities built to older standards. However, in Seoul last year it was great to see they had taken measures to retrofit platforms with barriers and a second set of doors that would prevent people from being able to contact a moving train. It didn’t seem like a significant construction effort. I’d like to see these measures employed more widely.

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