A passenger on the Paris Metro died when his coat was reportedly caught in the doors of the car and he was dragged the length of the platform.
The 24-year-old, who has not yet been identified, was getting off the subway car at Le Motte-Picquet Grenelle in the the French capital’s 15th arrondissement on Wednesday evening when the doors shut on the back of jacket, Le Parisien reports.
The man was dragged along the length of the platform, and the train driver only noticed a problem when the power was cut at Dupleix, the next station on the line
The man was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving paramedics.
Though there are technical safeguards which prevent a train from departing if the doors are not closed properly, thinner material from coats or the straps of bags can get caught without the train registering the doors as ‘open’.
A spokesperson for the Paris transport authority, RATP, said in a statement that police were investigating the ‘circumstances of the accident.’