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Woman with white cane killed by train at Tokyo area station

The No. 2 platform at Keisei Tateishi Station is pictured on Oct. 1, 2019. It is thought that the woman fell onto the tracks close to the staircase. (Mainichi/Hironori Tsuchie)

TOKYO -- A woman apparently carrying a white cane was hit by a train and killed at Tateishi Station on the Keisei Oshiage Line on the morning of Oct. 1.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)'s Katsushika Police Station, the woman thought to be in her 60s was captured on security video going through the ticket gate at the station in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. She was then seen tottering on the No. 2 platform before falling on the tracks. She appears to have been hit by a train entering the station just as she was attempting to get back up onto the platform.

The woman was in possession of a physical disability certificate for the visually impaired.

The train driver apparently braked quickly, but could not stop the train in time. The MPD is investigating the cause of the accident.

There are no platform doors installed at the station, according to operator Keisei Electric Railway Co.

The eight-car train was bound for Imba Nihon-idai Station after departing from Haneda Airport.

(Japanese original by Takayuki Kanamori, City News Department)

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