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SMRT, LTA may not pursue costs if teenage train accident victim doesn't appeal

Insurers for rail operator, authority open to talks on costs of over $200k

Published on Jan 14, 2014 7:48 AM
Nitcharee said last Saturday, via her Singaporean guardian Christopher Bek, that she is trying to raise funds for an appeal. -- PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER BEK

INSURERS of rail operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said they may not pursue more than $200,000 in trial costs from the Thai teenager who lost both legs in a train accident.

That is, if she does not appeal against the High Court's decision.

Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, 17, saw her bid to claim $3.4 million in damages over an April 2011 accident at Ang Mo Kio station dismissed by Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy.

In an 81-page judgment released earlier this month, he said SMRT and the LTA were not at fault after she fell onto the tracks and was hit by a train pulling in - leading to one leg being severed and the other being amputated.

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