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German teenager Kevin Schroder, 19, is in intensive care after his leg was ripped off when the doors of a train closed on him as he said goodbye to pals at Ahrensfelde station in the capital Berlin.

The teenager was carried off down the platform before he was ripped out of the door when he hit a barrier at the end of the station and was thrown onto the tracks.

He was taken to hospital with severe injuries to his head, legs and arms and is now in an artificial coma after surgeons were unable to save the lower part of one of his legs.

The doors on an S-Bahn, a railway that serves Berlin city centre traffic as well as suburbs and nearby towns, are not supposed to shut if there is an obstruction, and the train should not move if the doors are open.

Police are also trying to find why none of the passengers pulled the emergency stop handle.

Train experts however say that the train did not have a fault, and the service is again running as normal.

Burkhart Ahlert, a spokesman at Deutsche Bahn which operates the S-Bahn network said that there were a number of different procedures for controlling the doors, depending on the size of a station.

For un-staffed stations like the one where the accident happened, there is supposedly a mechanism which stops an obstructed door from closing, he said.

There are also, according to the Berliner Zeitung, no video cameras at the station which could make it more difficult to find out what happened.

German Herald





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