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No traffic problems during the eclipse

WHEN day became night during today's five-minute total solar eclipse, Shanghai's traffic stayed under control.

Though overcast skies and rain entirely blocked a view of the sun, the city was plunged into darkness when the moon started to block the sun behind thick clouds, reported Xinmin Evening News.

Shanghai's police were fully prepared if traffic accidents happened during the suddenly darkened day.

More than 3,000 traffic policemen, wearing night gear, and hundreds of traffic wardens fanned out all over the city to ensure that drivers taking eclipse views did not disturb normal traffic order, reported the newspaper.

There were also more than 400 tractors standing by for any accidents.

At 9:36am when the total eclipse occurred, the city switched to night mode as vehicles all turned on their headlights and slowed down. Although there was some road congestion traffic movement remained stable.

The sky brightened at 9:41am and the city was back in track.


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