The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

Ang Mo Kio MRT station's safety features ‘adequate’: Defence witness


According to testimony on Thursday, Ang Mo Kio MRT station was as safe as it could be when Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, 16, fell on its tracks in April last year.

On the fourth day of the Thai teenager's trial against rail operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the defendants' lawyer K. Anparasan of KhattarWong called on an expert witness to prove his point.

Mr Anparasan told the court that at the time of the accident, the station had adequate and reasonable safety features, despite not having screen doors on its platform.

This view was endorsed by the defendants' witness, Mr John Peter O'Grady, head of the safety and environment department of the Toronto Transit Commission. He helps develop safety policies and implement safety measures and systems.