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TransLink investigates open SkyTrain door 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

TransLink is investigating a door opening on SkyTrain while still in motion. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

TransLink is investigating a door opening on SkyTrain while still in motion. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

An investigation into why several SkyTrain doors popped open Wednesday morning while in transit has found the train actually lost communication and hit its emergency brake — throwing the doors open several centimetres.

The description of the incident was described by Twitter user @zahrapremji, who has since taken down the post.

TransLink spokeswoman Jennifer Siddon said it happened just outside the Edmonds SkyTrain Station during the beginning of the morning rush hour.

Siddon said a safety mechanism on SkyTrain designed to open doors about “three to four inches” — in the event something is caught — allows the doors to move while in transit.

“Due to the inertia of the momentarily braking and then accelerating train, three of the six doors opened about three centimetres each, which is well within their design.”

She said TransLink reviewed surveillance video, logs, the customer’s complaint and statements from its employees and found nothing wrong with the train.

“Barring any new information, our investigation has concluded and the train will be cleared for service.”

 

 

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