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05/09/00
2000 Trapped in Tube Nightmare
- Three taken to hospital after passengers remain trapped for 2 hours

OVER 2000 commuters spent two hours in sweltering conditions underground when two tube trains became stuck in a tunnel last night.

The incident was caused by a blown fuse on a new UKP3 million train at Liverpool Street station in the early hours of the evening, trapping two more behind. It resulted in three people needing hospital treatment. During the evacuation process, some were unable to walk through the 16 carriages and had to be carried out on stretchers.

Tens of thousands of commuters had to put up with massive delays as part of the Central line was closed down for four hours. Emergency services were on stand by as ambulance crews helped those suffering from claustrophobia and heat exhaustion. Normal services resumed at 10pm.

A spokesperson for Transport for London which takes over the running of the Tube in April said: "There will be a full investigation to find out what caused the accident and also to establish whether trains could be better designed so that if the 30 amp fuse blows it can be replaced quickly and easily."



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