Brussels metro services disrupted

24th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

Train strikes passenger in tunnel, delaying the Brussels metro system.

Metro services in Brussels were briefly interrupted during the morning rush hour yesterday, after a man was hit by an underground train in one of the tunnels.

The disruption caused a chaos at a number of stations. Passengers complained about a lack of information but most of them took it with a smile.

Most of the problems were at the subway stations of Schumann, Kunst-Wet (Art-Loi) and the central train station.

"Early this morning, a badly injured man was found in one of the tunnels and taken to hospital", explained spokeswoman An Van Hamme. "All this affected the morning rush hour."

Travellers were in the dark about what was going on and didn't know what to do. Staff advised them to take the metro bus instead or to change their route.

"There was no information whatsoever. In the central station they told us to take the metro bus, but it was total chaos ", one passenger told the VRT.

At a quarter past eight, services were resumed but there were still long delays.

"On normal days, we're on time. It's not a catastrophe", one man smiled. "I'm afraid I will be late for work, but please don't tell my boss", another commuter joked.

Later in the day, it was announced that the 21-year-old man had not just "been found" in one of the tunnels, but that he had actually been hit by an underground train. TV-footage shows that the man was probably drunk or under the influence of drugs, dancing and imitating planes, the Brussels judicial authorities say. The victim is in a bad shape, but his condition is no longer life-threatening.


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