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Delay, injuries mar Line 2 morning ride

CALL it an unlucky day for the city's Metro Line 2.

A lengthy delay yesterday hit the line during morning rush hours, resulting in congestion at some stations.

And five passengers were hospitalized in the morning after falling off a moving escalator at Line 2's busy Jiangsu Road Station.

The two incidents were not related, said the Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Group.

The morning delay was caused by a power glitch between the line's Lujiazui and Century Avenue stations at 8:20am, Shentong said.

Repairmen fixed the problem at 8:28am but service did not return to full operation until 9:18am.

The misfortune at the Jiangsu Road Station happened at 8:45am, Shentong said.

The escalator was cordoned off for checks and repair at that time, said Lan Tian, a spokesman with Shentong.

But one passenger passed the cordon without authorization, followed by several others, said Lan.

Lan said repair workers then rushed to stop the escalator for "safety concerns." The sudden stop caused people to lose their balance.

"It's really frightening to see many people tumble suddenly on a moving escalator," said a passenger.

Shentong has covered the medical costs of the injured. But it said the injuries were not serious.

The mishaps occurred on a busy day for the subway.

"More commuters took the subway to avoid the cold weather outside and increased the traffic burden," said Shi Yue, an official with the operator.

When a portion of the system shut down and trains didn't appear, crowds grew thicker on the platform - until some people were prevented from entering the station at all, and urged to take buses or taxis.

"I counted at least 10 rows of passengers were stuck on the platform," said Dai Huijing, a passenger who waited at the Century Avenue Station.

Breakdowns have unnerved riders since July 14, when Line 2 was delayed 50 minutes during morning rush.


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