Train toilet sucks passenger into pipe
A French train passenger was trapped after reaching into the toilet for his cell phone.
27 October 2008
BORDEAUX - A French man became trapped while trying to retrieve his mobile phone from the toilet on a high-speed train, forcing firefighters to cut through the pipe to free him, passengers said.
"He came out on a stretcher, with his hand still jammed in the toilet bowl, which they had to saw clean off", said Benoit Gigou, who witnessed Sunday's rescue on board the 16h47 train from La Rochelle to Bordeaux, in western France.
The service was delayed for two hours after the 26-year-old passenger, hunting for his lost telephone, was drawn into the toilet by the powerful suction system which drains the toilets, the rail network's regional office said.
[AFP / Expatica]