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Stuck in the middle with you

By sizemore Last edited 128 months ago
Stuck in the middle with you
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Remember on The Day Today when Chris Morris covered stranded train passengers going feral? It came close to happening over the weekend:

More than 200 people were trapped underground for two hours when a Tube train got stuck between stations. Police were called at 0115 BST on Tuesday, after a Victoria Line train stopped between Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park in north London. London Underground tried to get it moving again, but it was 0300 BST before passengers were led out along the tracks to safety.

That doesn't sound like a lot of fun... there's only so many times you can read the adverts for The Da Vinci Code / Eurostar without going insane.

The Americans always have to go one better though - an Amtrak train was stuck for seven hours on Sunday after "an engineer reportedly disobeyed a traffic signal and had to undergo a drug test. The passengers weren't stranded underground of course, but just outside south suburban Dolton.

We're not sure which would be worse.

Last Updated 30 May 2006

Mike

The same thing happened to me about a year ago. My Jubilee line train was stuck between Swiss Cottage and St John's Wood for nearly 3 hours. It wasn't pretty at all, as a few people began to have panic attacks and it was packed because of the rush hour. In the end they had to bring another train right behind it, so people could walk through the carriages.

Sharing a stalled train with a load of pissed up people on Saturday night sounds marginally worse though!

John

I was on that train last night, but got off at King's Cross when we were first told of signal failures, Thank God I got off when I did, I have a tendency to go a bit 'odd' when I'm trapped underground

Jules

Oh, the Amtrak train incident pales in comparison with the NYC tram incident in April. A bunch of people were suspended in mid-air over the East River en route to Roosevelt Island (a residential area) for 7 hours. Scariest were the local news reporters, who got the victims on their mobile phones and tried to incite anything newsworthy.