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Worker dies after being hit by train

A temporary worker with Seoul Metro died yesterday after being hit by a subway train while doing repair work on tracks below a station platform on subway line No. 2.

After the accident, all trains running between Hongik University Station and Yeongdeungpo-gu Office Station were suspended for 20 minutes. At 11:16 a.m., the 43-year-old worker surnamed Lee was doing his usual repair work with others on the track between Sinchon Station and Hongik University Station on subway line no. 2.

Police assume that Lee couldn’t escape before the train entered Hongik University Station and was hit by it. Lee sustained serious head injuries, the police said. He was quickly taken to nearby Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, but died shortly after.

“Track-checking is conducted twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon,” an official from Seoul Metro said. “While the workers are on the tracks and a train is approaching, they have to escape from it by themselves.”

The official said there’s no set time when track work is to be done. The workers have to check the tracks during the day, while subway trains are operating, the official said. Police are investigating the accident, examining CCTV video clips and interviewing workers at Seoul Metro.

By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]


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