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Train evacuated from driver cab

PASSENGERS had to escape through the driver's cab of a broken-down Metro train yesterday morning, after other doors would not open.

The Metro Line 10 service suddenly halted in a tunnel between Songyuan Road station and Hongqiao Road station when its central control system collapsed.

This was the second incident on Line 10 in five days, after a signal error led to a train going onto the wrong track last Friday.

Yesterday, the train could not be restarted after the incident at 10:38am.

Instead, Metro staff activated an emergency plan and got another train to pull it back to Songyuan Road station to let passengers get out.

But passengers said in microblogs on that they were trapped in carriages for more than 10 minutes as the doors failed to open.

And when the train was pulled back to the station, they had to line up and leave the train through a narrow door in the driver's cab.

"It's a joke that we queued in the carriages to get to the driver's cab," said one passenger, who asked not to be named.

"What if a fire had broken out when the doors were locked?"

A Metro worker on the train told the trapped passengers to leave in order, said the passenger.

The Metro operator said that when the train's central control system broke down, all of the train's equipment would be locked down - including the doors.

Services on the line resumed at 11:06am.

A Metro operator official, surnamed Lan, said they were still investigating why the control system broke down.

But he said the breakdown had nothing to do with signaling problems and there was no link to Friday's incident.


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