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Man halts Metro train, walks back on tracks

A subway user pulled the emergency handle of a train midway through the journey on Metro Line 3 and walked back on the elevated track to Dongbaoxing Road Station.

The incident happened about 8:30am yesterday as onlookers watched the passenger, surnamed Liu, walk casually on the tracks, delaying trains.

On a day when passenger restriction measures had to be taken due to the large passenger volume, the incident made the situation even worse.

Yu Qi, a subway staff, said police took Liu away for questioning who hopped on to the platform as another train was about to enter the station.

The driver said the emergency handle was activated in the last carriage of the train. He went to the carriage to check the reason before restarting the train, according to Metro officials.

The Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, said regular services were delayed by seven minutes.

Liu claimed he felt sick in the crowded carriage and "tried to get out and walk back to the station" soon after the train left the station.

Liu could face detention and fines, police said.

Police are still investigating.

"He acted to suit his own convenience but it affected hundreds of other passengers," said Song Youguo, a spokesman with Shanghai Metro police.

Metro officials also said that during emergencies, trains should be brought to a halt closer to a station rather than midway between stations.

"If the train stops at the tunnel it may prolong the rescue time," officials said.

Earlier about 7:40am, Line 3 was also affected by a train door glitch because of overcrowding.

Passengers were stranded at stations, forcing the police and the operator to ask passengers to queue up outside stations before allowing them in.

The operator said the restrictions will continue on the line as the passenger volume increased by nearly 20 percent.

Passengers are forced to wait for 10 to 15 minutes before being allowed inside on the platform. The Metro operator said the situation could worsen as some of the trains are due for repair work and maintenance with no extra services available.


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