Subway trains in Nanjing were delayed along line 2 yesterday, and reports coming out today state that recent heavy rains had a role, by flooding water channels and elevating the underground bed lining which subway track lays on. In a video from one of the stranded trains, passengers mill about annoyed and anxious at the delay, only to then run away in screaming terror when things start going wrong for the train car.
Nothing much happens until the 1:23 minute mark, when everyone starts going ape/bat-shit crazy, when a cracking noise is heard and passengers run away from the linking section of the train.
The camera is pointed at the steel barrier-step at the 1:30 mark, and it looks and sounds as if the barrier is cracking and bending. We’re not sure exactly what happened (were the trains even moving at that point?), but the overreaction from the passengers, perfectly understandable considering the aura of danger trains carry with them at the moment, is significant. The whole video seems like a scene from some Cloverfield-esque monster movie. Quiet and prosaic at first, and then CHAOS!
The government will probably ban ‘all suspenseful situations that take place on trains and train-like transportation methods’ for TV and movies in due time, since train-based action/horror flicks would likely prove too excitable for the public.
But if Nanjing really wants to steal some of Shanghai’s train-mishap thunder, then by all means.