Security footage showing a man shoving a woman onto Hong Kong subway tracks and calmly walking away went viral over the weekend, the South China Morning Post reported.
Luckily, no trains were coming at the time of the apparent assault, and the 59-year-old woman, a subway worker, suffered only jaw injuries after tumbling on the tracks of the light railway station in Yuen Long.
The 56-year-old assailant was arrested outside the subway stop on “suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm,” according to the Chinese newspaper.
“The woman suffered injuries to her jaw and was sent to Pok Oi Hospital for treatment,” a police spokeswoman said.
The identity of the man was not released, but he apparently has a Hong Kong identification card.
Assaults involving people getting pushed onto subway tracks are surprisingly common (and a city-dweller’s worst nightmare). In 2017 alone, we’ve written about a woman who was groped before being pushed onto tracks, a dancer who rescued a man who was pushed on the tracks after a fight, and an off-Broadway actress who was arrested on charges that she attempted to push a man onto the tracks.
But remember: despite the risks, taking the subway is still 30 times safer than driving a car. Swipe your transit card without fear!