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Metro Line 1 halted again by brake puller

METRO Line 1 was delayed for nearly 10 minutes during the morning rush hour today after a passenger pulled the emergency brake again, the second time in a week, Metro operator said.

Fellow passengers pulled the emergency handle after a women felt sick at about 8:30am near the Yangchang Road Station. She got off the train, took a brief rest in the station and left. No penalty was imposed on the brake puller.

Metro service resumed at about 8:38am after the driver went to the rear carriage where the passenger pulled the brake and restarted the train after checking.

On Tuesday, a passenger pulled the emergency handle as her clothes was stuck between carriage doors on the same line.

Thousands of passengers were stranded in the train for about 10 minutes during the morning rush, said the operator, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group.

The Metro operator again reminded passengers to solve such problems at the next station, rather than pulling the emergency brake.

Metro officials said: "It may not be a good idea to stop the train in the tunnel" as it would be of little help in that situation. Such conducts are "not encouraged."

They said that passengers can pull the emergency handle only when someone got stuck in the door or there is a fire, explosion or earthquake.

Signs on the emergency handles only mention that unauthorized use is prohibited.

Metro officials said that a sudden halt could have a knock-on effect on following trains and disturb the signal system for the entire Metro network.


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