Victim of the incident on the BTS escalator requires emergency surgery, and has no ‘minor injury’ as reported in the press
After a major crash in the capital last Saturday that injured 27 people at a train station, a victim has spoken to Thai media about her injuries, which she says were misreported. The victim said she and other injured people are waiting to be told whether the BTS will be held responsible or pay compensation.
The Thai News reported that 27 people suffered “minor injuries” when a group of people fell from the escalator at the busy station. However, a 17-year-old girl was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on her leg, which was badly injured in the incident.
The victim posted horrific photos of her leg on social media, which were stitched up by doctors after her flesh was torn in several places until the bone was exposed.
The doctor says she won’t be able to walk for three months and that she should take at least a month off school while she recovers. She will remain in the hospital for at least two to three days.
The victim says hospital treatment will cost hundreds of thousands of baht. She wrote on Facebook that her and about 20 other people injured in the incident are waiting to hear if the BTS will be held responsible for the incident or if they intend to help victims in any way.
Rescue workers from the Ruam Katanyu Foundation said the escalator was not working properly, but police say the accident was caused by someone who slipped and fell down the stairs.
The victim added that people could not see how busy the escalator was when they entered the station. She said no staff was on hand to contain the crowd or close the escalator.
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