Trial opens for Thai girl in MRT accident
Did she fall by herself or was she pushed and fell onto the tracks?
That was a key point that defence lawyer Mr Anparasan Kamachi, tried to establish on the first day of the trial of Nitcharee Peneakchanasak against SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
The 16-year-old Thai teenager's father has filed the $3.4 million suit on her behalf last year. On April 3 last year, Nitcharee fell onto the tracks at Ang Mo Kio MRT station just as a train was pulling in. One of her legs was severed in the accident and the other had to be amputated later.
In her affidavit submitted to the High Court, Nitcharee claimed that she had, at all times, stood behind the yellow safety line on the platform. After a while, the platform began to get crowded and she had noticed passengers rushing to the yellow line and pushing other passengers who were waiting behind the yellow line.