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Rush hour Metro services hit by dangling billboard

Metro lines 3 and 4 were disrupted for an hour yesterday after a billboard was found dangling between overhead cables and tracks that disrupted power supply.

Commuters were forced to switch lines or take the road.

The 10-square-meter billboard apparently fell off from a nearby high-rise building that disrupted services on the elevated track between Caoyang Road and Jinshajiang Road stations around 8:30am yesterday.

Most trains were brought to a halt at other stations that enable subway riders to transfer to other lines or switch to other modes of transport.

One Metro Line 4 train was stuck between stations.

With power off, some passengers pulled the emergency hand break and walked along the tracks to Caoyang Road Station. The Metro operator said they did not approve of passengers walking on the tracks as it meant more delay in the resumption of services.

The Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the Metro operator, ruled out foul play and said it was likely that the billboard fell from a high-rise building because of strong winds brought by Typhoon Trami.



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