SEOUL The Seoul subway authority will install
toilets in drivers' compartments after one of its engineers
plunged to his death, apparently relieving himself from a train
that was in motion.
The Seoul Metro plans to provide nearly 400 toilets from
this month in drivers' cabs and increase the number of staff
bathrooms at stations, a spokesman said on Thursday.
"A major concern is the smell," said Kim Kyung-mo.
The incident that prompted the move took place in December
when a driver apparently suffering from diarrhoea leaned out of
his compartment and fell on the tracks. He was hit by another
train, local media reported.
The toilets consist of a collapsible seat that stands a few
centimetres off the ground and a receptacle. The device can be
stored in a compartment about the size of a thick briefcase.
"Seoul Metro believes this step will help our staff better
focus on transporting our citizens safely," it said in a news
(Reporting by Rhee So-eui and Mee Hyo Koo, writing by Jon
Herskovitz; Editing by Keiron Henderson)