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Court orders Beijing subway to pay 260,000 yuan to paralyzed commuter


A court in Beijing’s Changping District has ordered operators of the city’s subway system to award 260,000 yuan ($37,700) in compensation to a man who ended up paralyzed in an accident during the morning rush hour. In January 2014, the 55-year-old man was pushed into a train at Tiantongyuan Station, hitting the door on the other side of the train. He lost the use of limbs and sued Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corporation, as well as the direct operator of the subway line, a different company. The court said the companies were negligent in providing “reasonable safety protection” to passengers during rush hour even if they were not the direct causes of the accident. There is an English report on the case on ECNS.cn and a longer Chinese report on Toutiao. You can find some of the social media commentary below the Toutiao article. Comments include comparisons with Japan — “Just as crowded, but the people are polite so no one gets crushed” — criticism of government officials who never use public transport, and advice to ride a bike instead.


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Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.