A four-month pregnant woman who fainted and fell onto the track of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) train at the Damai LRT Station in Kuala Lumpur during the morning rush hour yesterday caused a scare on the packed platform.
In the incident, which occurred at 7.48 am, the 26-year-old woman was waiting for a train to go to work when she fell on to the track as a train was approaching the platform.
Fortunately, the PIES (Platform Intrusion Emergency Stop) system kicked in and automatically brought the approaching train to a halt after it detected a foreign object on the track.
Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Khairani Mohamed said the PIES system cuts off the flow of electricity to the LRT system when it detects an impact of 7kg or more on the system’s plate.
The system is installed at all stations along the Kelana Jaya LRT route, except for the underground stations.
“We are grateful that the safety system at the train and station functioned perfectly. The PIES system is installed in many urban rail systems worldwide,” Khairani said.
He added that the system is also designed and installed in many urban rail systems throughout the world.
Auxiliary policemen on the scene cleared the platform of passengers to conduct rescue work.
“Fire and Rescue Department personnel, as well as paramedics who arrived at the scene, spent seven minutes to provide emergency treatment before bringing the woman to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital,” said Khairani.
The Kelana Jaya LRT line resumed normal operations at 8.15am after a delay of 25 minutes due to the incident.