Why Did A Fainting On The Shanghai Subway Cause Widespread Panic?

August 20, 2014 10:38 PM

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Why Did A Fainting On The Shanghai Subway Cause Widespread Panic?

The scene looks like it came out of a bad horror film: A foreign man sitting on a crowded Shanghai subway train suddenly slumps over and then rolls, unconscious, onto the middle of the floor. Rather than come to his aid, the other passengers crowd to one side of the train and then, at the next stop, race into the station in a crazed frenzy. The unconscious person soon woke up, but the ensuing stampede in the station led to a middle-aged man and woman sustaining minor injuries.

The incident -- captured by security cameras on Aug. 9 and released by the Shanghai subway on Wednesday -- seems, at first glance, like just another random encounter in a chaotic country of 1.3 billion. But in China, events like these have occurred with startling frequency in recent years. In 2011, ...

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