Metro passengers trampled in Shenzhen after fainting commuter causes panic

By Ryan Kilpatrick, April 20, 2015

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Scenes of panic erupted on the Shenzhen Metro this morning after a passenger fainted aboard one the city's subway cars.

At Huangbeiling Station on Line 5, a passenger fainted at about 8:30am, causing the rush hour passengers to flee in chaotic scenes reminiscent of Shanghai's deadly New Years Stampede, which killed 36 revelers in the final minutes of 2014.

Eyewitnesses report that there was "constant screaming" as "hundreds" of commuters flooded onto the platform.

At least nine people have reportedly suffered injuries. Images distributed online show commuters' bags, shoes, mobile phones and breakfasts strewn across the platform surface. Authorities report that order has now been restored to the station.

In August last year, passengers aboard the Shanghai Metro ran away in a mad frenzy after a foreign passenger fainted aboard Line 2. At the height of mass hysteria over the Ebola virus, passengers later said that they thought the man may have Ebola and fled to escape contracting the deadly affliction.

WATCH: Foreigner faints on Shanghai Metro, passengers run for their lives

In either case, running or not would most likely have no effect on one's likelihood of survival as Ebola is not airborne.

[Images via Apple Daily]

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