A passenger is treated for shock at Kecun Metro Station, Guangzhou.
While the Shanghai Metro has certainly had its share of accidents and general craziness, it seems to be the Guangzhou subway that is always in the news these days. Passengers on Guangzhou’s Line 8 had to smash windows and escape into the tunnel after the train they were riding caught on fire on Monday night.
The train was reportedly 200 metres away from Kecun station when an explosion occurred between the fourth and fifth carriages. Though the fire was not particularly serious, it filled the carriages around it with smoke, unsurprisingly scaring the hell out of the passengers trapped inside, many of which had to be treated for shock. Several passengers smashed windows and climbed into the tunnel to escape, walking along the tracks in the darkness to the next station.
In an official statement Guangzhou Public Security Bureau blamed the fire on a short circuit in the train’s air conditioning system. The rail company apologized to passengers but urged them to stay calm in emergency situations and follow staff instructions. Because obviously it’s easy to stay cool when the metal box you’re trapped inside with hundreds of other people is on fire.
[Via: The Nanfang]