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Girl unharmed after fall from monorail platform

Date Posted: 2003-09-06

A four-year-old girl was unharmed Sunday after she fell about three meters from the Okinawa monorail Miebashi Station onto the concrete plate under the rails. Naha Police say the girl was visiting Naha with her six-member family from Miyako Island. One of the highlights of their trip was supposed to be a ride on Okinawa’s new monorail. When the girl tried to step into the monorail car, she slipped through the gap between the car and the station platform.

She landed on the concrete plate under the railroad both feet first, and then rolled smoothly back to a sitting position. Miraculously, the girl did not suffer even a bruise. The staff at the station cut the power off and rescued the girl.

A couple of weeks ago a five-year-old child stepped into a similar gap on another station, but her parents managed to grab her before she fell through completely. According to a monorail spokesman, there are five stations where the gap between the car and platform is exceptionally wide because the rail curves at those stations. The company engineers are trying to come up with a rubber hem design to close the gap.

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