Date
24 November 2017
A woman thought to have been carrying a thermos that blew its lid picks up her belongings. The picture was taken by a passenger Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
A woman thought to have been carrying a thermos that blew its lid picks up her belongings. The picture was taken by a passenger Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

MTR under fire for response to ‘blast’

MTR Corp. is under fire for its handling of an incident which caused chaos on a packed subway train on Wednesday.

Hundreds of commuters were thrown into panic by a blast in a back compartment, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Witnesses said it came from a vacuum flask which had blown its lid, releasing a thick cloud of gas into the compartment.

The incident, which took place on a train from Jordan to Tsuen Wan, forced the driver into an emergency stop at the next station after some passengers pressed the alarm, the report said.

Passengers complained they were not told about what happened and the train pulled out of the station as if nothing happened.

The rail operator said MTR staff boarded the train in the Yau Ma Tei station to investigate but they could not find any witnesses.

The train was sent to a depot for inspection after about 500 remaining passengers were asked to disembark in Sham Shui Po, three stations out.

Police found no traces of explosives or evidence of burning, the report said.

A witness, surnamed Au, said he heard a loud bang even though he had earphones on, and saw jets of vapor from a woman’s handbag.

The woman then picked up the contents of her bag from the floor and diasappeared into another car, he said.

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