Man dies trapped in Brussels metro station shutter

Man dies trapped in Brussels metro station shutter
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A man has died after becoming trapped in the shutter of Brussels' Rogier Metro Station.

The incident took place in the early hours of Saturday, according to Brussels' Fire Brigade.

"At about 04:30 this morning, fire services, medical teams, the police, and STIB responded to a man trapped in a shutter at Rogier Metro Station," stated Fire Brigade spokesperson, Walter Derieuw. "He was stuck at the upper part of his torso. Despite attempts to resuscitate him after freeing him, the man unfortunately died at the scene."

The victim reportedly tried to enter the station just before the mechanised shutter opened, said Cindy Arents, spokesperson for STIB, the local transport authority. "When the shutter raised, he became trapped and tragically lost his life."

Authorities were notified, but following an initial assessment, they have decided not to conduct a judicial investigation, viewing it as an accidental event.

This tragedy follows several shutter-related incidents at metro stations over the past few weeks.

On Wednesday, emergency services responded to a call to free a man who was trapped with his leg in a roller shutter at Porte de Hal metro station. He was taken to hospital.

A similar incident had occurred at Saint-Gilles' Parvis station a week earlier, and on 19th March, a man was trapped at one of the entrances of Porte de Namur station.

"These are people trying to get into the station. The reason they do so just before the shutters open is unclear to us," another Stib spokesperson commented.

Rogier Metro Station was closed to the public for around an hour following the incident, but has since fully reopened, according to STIB.

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