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Wall collapse suspends Metro

METRO Line 1 was halted for about more than 20 minutes yesterday after a wall collapsed onto the track just outside Jinjiang Park Station.

The incident happened around noon as a train driver braked suddenly to avoid the collapsed wall at the ground-level station, said Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, operator of the city's subway network.

The 2-meter-high wall, about 1 meter away from the track, collapsed at about 11:56am, the operator said, adding that no one was injured.

"The track was covered with something strange, so I stopped the train as quickly as possible" said train driver Zhao Liang.

The area was cordoned off and workers began clearing debris from the track.

Service gradually resumed after emergency work was completed by 12:12pm.

Passenger volume was low at the time, the operator said.

The wall, part of a fenced area to protect the track, was used without authorization by a restaurant next door to store food waste, Shanghai Shentong said.

However, a Shanghai Daily investigation found the restaurant is a staff canteen of a Shanghai Shentong subsidiary.

Long-term storage of waste weakened the wall, said the subway operator, adding that standing water left during the rainy season also contributed to the collapse.

An official with the subsidiary said the wall had been built at least 10 years after Jinjiang Park Station opened.

The official, who declined to be named, said the company would consider removing the waste to a safer place but denied "the close distance between the track and wall was dangerous."

Shanghai Shentong said yesterday it will beef up checks along the network to ensure safety.

The accident once again exposed safety loopholes along the city's subway network.

Other past problems included water leaking into stations, passengers jumping onto the track and passengers getting caught in the safety doors.

A man was found dead last year on the track at Jinjiang Park Station. Police said he entered the track and was hit and killed by a train.


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