MTR disruptions after man killed after falling on the tracks at Fanling

Firefighters at Fanling station. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.
Firefighters at Fanling station. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.

A man died at Fanling station this morning after falling on the tracks, an incident which caused service disruptions on the MTR.

A police spokesperson said the deceased was a 23-year-old man surnamed Pong.

Although it was yet to be confirmed, the case was a possible suicide, but no suicide note was found at the scene.

The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed, but Apple Daily reported at about 9am this morning that he was declared dead at the scene.

The East Rail Line and the Ma On Shan Line reported some minor disruptions, and although the MTR reports that normal service was gradually resuming on both lines.

The newspaper reports that Fanling station had to be closed temporarily, and that the MTR hd to arrange a free shuttle bus to take passengers to and from Tai Wo and Sheung Shui station.

In order to avoid overcrowding at Tai Wai station, the MTR announced that services on the Ma On Shan line also had to be adjusted.

Social media was flooded with images of people standing in line for buses or taxis just to get into work this morning. Facebook user Freeman Lee posted this video of people jostling to get onto a shuttle bus at Tai Wo station at 9am.

Meanwhile, another Facebook user called Nina Kwok posted a photo of the queue for the 270A bus from Sheung Shui to East Tsim Sha Tsui.

2018 – 10 – 0808:44因東鐵線上水至太和段出事,270A巴士大排長龍,在站內繞了一兩圈後再排至近上水匯對出。09:20 火車開通**

Posted by Nina Kwok on Sunday, October 7, 2018

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