Man crushed to death in Munich subway

30th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 July 2004, MUNICH - Pinned in the doors of a subway train, a man was crushed to death as it moved out of a station in Munich — all because he attempted to catch his runaway dog, police in Germany said Friday.

30 July 2004

MUNICH - Pinned in the doors of a subway train, a man was crushed to death as it moved out of a station in Munich — all because he attempted to catch his runaway dog, police in Germany said Friday.

The 27-year-old Bavarian man, accompanied by his fiancée and two pet dogs, had just stepped aboard the underground train in Munich Thursday evening when one of the dogs leapt back out onto the platform as the doors began to close.

The woman managed to slip back through the closing doors with the second dog but the man got only partway through before he was wedged, with his head and torso outside and his waist and legs inside the train.

Unaware of the unfolding drama, the train driver throttled up and the train moved forward.

The man struggled to free himself as passengers pulled at his legs and tugged frantically at the door frame.

Meanwhile, the fiancée and platform bystanders raced alongside the train, pounding on its sides and screaming for the driver to stop. Above the roar of the motor and wheels, the driver heard nothing.

Eyewitnesses said the man was on the verge of retracting his head and shoulders from the door when he slammed against a barrier at the end of the platform as his girlfriend and others looked on in horror.

He was pronounced dead at the scene from traumatic head and upper body injuries.

Authorities said no one had pulled the emergency brake. Each subway carriage is equipped with emergency brake pulls at every door and several brake alarms are clearly marked at every platform.

DPA

Subject: German news

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