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Breakdowns and crashes

THE Shanghai subway system has suffered crashes, halts and breakdowns from time to time over the past few years.

Two trains collided in a Metro Line 1 tunnel after a power glitch on the morning of December 22, 2009. There were no injuries because one of the trains was empty and both were running slowly. But passengers were trapped inside the damaged train for up to four hours on that occasion. And tens of thousands of commuters were stranded at eight Line 1 stations for the entire morning.

On August 2 this year, a Metro Line 10 train broke down shortly after it left a station and none of its doors could be opened. Passengers were forced to evacuate one by one through the driver's cab.

A few days earlier, on July 28, an error on a signaling system being tested on Line 10 caused a train to take a wrong turn. The train, which should have been heading for Hangzhong Road after leaving Longxi Road, instead took the other line on the Y-shaped intersection and ended up at Hongqiao Railway Station.

On March 10, a power failure in downtown Shanghai forced thousands of Line 2 passengers to evacuate stranded trains which were stuck in tunnels and stations.

More frequently, signal system failures have caused train delays along the city's Metro lines. A signal system failure on Line 6 caused trains to be delayed for about 40 minutes and left huge crowds waiting at the Jufeng Road station in Pudong on May 27.

Lines 6 and 8 reported frequent delays at the initial stage of operation in 2009 for signaling modification.


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