Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters Abandon Train, Bringing Tube Line to a Halt

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters Abandon Train, Bringing Tube Line to a Halt

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STRANDED commuters forced open train doors and clambered out after being st uck

on a train for more than two hours during a night of travel chaos.

The passengers made their escape after being trapped on board an Essex-bound service by a power cut.

But their actions caused further delays as Tube bosses cut power to the District line, which runs parallel to the mainline track, fearing that the commuters might be electrocuted or killed by a speeding train.

The c2c services, between London and Essex, were halted at about 5.30pm after overhead power cables came down between Fenchurch Street station and Barking. A large sheet of plastic, blown loose from a building, had wrapped itself round the cables.

Two hours later, scores of passengers forced open the doors, jumped down onto the track and started to walk to the nearest

station. When Tube engineers discovered what was happening, they switched off the power to the District line, fearing a fatality, leaving at least nine trains and hundreds of passengers stranded.

Eventually some passengers on the Tube trains copied the overground passengers and took to the tracks.

Des O'Neil, 32, a designer from Bromleyby- Bow, was travelling home on a District line train when it stopped just minutes from his destination. He said: "Some people who were thinner and more brazen than me squeezed out of the doors connecting the carriages. It was very dangerous. Had the tracks been live or another train had come past there would have been some fatalities."

Sara Dunkney, 20, a recruitment officer from Upney, had been trying to return home from the City when the power went down. "It usually takes me 45 minutes to get home but it took me over five hours," she said. "I got on the train at Temple and it came to a halt after a few stops.

"We were in the same position for more than three hours. …

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