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Thousands stranded by Line 1 Metro crash

SHANGHAI'S Metro Line 1 was restored to full service about 12:15pm today after a power glitch caused two trains to crash, stranding tens of thousands of commuters and shutting the line.

Metro operators managed to fix all technical faults along the city's oldest subway line more than four hours after the crash, pulling the two crashed trains away from the track at 11:48am. No injuries were reported, according to Shentong Group, the city's Metro operator.

"Today's entire line breakdown was a mixed result of two separate accidents," said Shao Weizhong, general manager of the Metro operation center. "But details of the cause will be announced later tonight."

The accident started with a short circuit that halted services between Shaanxi Road S. station and People's Square station about 5:50am. Metro operators sent rescue trains to evacuate commuters stuck along the line, but one rescue train driver ignored a signal and slammed into another train at Shanghai Railway Station about 7am.

No one was injured as one of the trains was empty and both were running slowly. But passengers were trapped inside the damaged train for up to four hours.

More than 80 buses were sent to evacuate passengers. Full services were restored between Fujin Road station and Xinzhuang station from 7:50am. Trains were also running normally between Xinzhuang Station and People's Square station, and Wenshui Road station to Fujin Road station.


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