April 20, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Press Release from the UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch: Investigation into a train door incident at Jarrow station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, 12 April 2012

Investigation into a train door incident at Jarrow station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, 12 April 2012

At about 09:55 hrs on 12 April 2012, a person tried to board a train on platform 2 while the doors were closing. The person put their arm between the closing leaves which trapped the arm while the person was still on the platform. Within the next few seconds the train started to move off. The person, whose arm remained trapped, moved with the train for a short distance before falling onto the platform, having released their arm.

Passengers on board the train, who saw the incident, activated the passenger emergency button and the train stopped while it was still partially in the platform. The person whose arm had been trapped left the station immediately after the incident; it is not known whether the incident resulted in any injuries.

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Image of Jarrow station, Tyne and Wear Metro

The RAIB’s investigation will look at the operation of the door involved and why the train started to move with the door leaves obstructed by a passenger’s arm. This will include an examination of why the presence of an obstruction, that prevented the doors from closing, was not detected by the driver and the door control systems.

The investigation will also look at similar incidents on the Tyne and Wear Metro system and how the risk of such events is managed.

The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigations by the safety authority (the Office of Rail Regulation).

The RAIB will publish a bulletin or report, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This will be available on the RAIB website.

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