TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A 20-year-old man fell 13 meters off the High Speed Rail (HSR) platform to his death in Tainan early this morning (July 13), the first such fall from one of the railway's stations in Taiwan's history, reported China Times.
At 7:01 a.m. this morning, a person was spotted falling from the 13-meter-high Tainan HSR station platform. When firemen rushed to the scene, they found a man lying in a pool of his own blood who had no vital signs and had obviously already died from severe injuries to his internal organs and brain.
According to a preliminary investigation by the HSR police, the deceased man was 20 years old and is surnamed Huang (黃). At the time of the accident, Huang apparently fell from the north platform near the first carriage and landed on Guiren Boulevard, in Tainan City's Guiren District.
An HRS ticket was found to be in Huang's possession, but no suicide note or other documents were found. The exact cause of the man's sudden fall from the platform is still being investigated by HSR police.
Surveillance video of Huang's last minutes released on Apple Daily shows him carrying his breakfast in his hands before he heads toward the railing. However, as the camera was blocked by a covered waiting area for passengers, it is unclear exactly what Huang did after that.
A witness reported hearing Huang drop his bag to the ground and then start to climb the railing. He then heard a loud crashing sound, and sensing that Huang had jumped, he immediately alerted railway staff.
The man's fatal plunge off the HSR station was the first time in the history of the high-speed line that a passenger has died after falling from one of its stations.