There is smoke from a train on the MTR.
At 5 o'clock in the afternoon today (29th), an East Rail Line train drove into the university station platform and continued to emit smoke. The roof of the car and the nearby platform were filled with smoke.
The MTR evacuated passengers on the train. No one was injured in the incident. After investigation, it was suspected that the brake system of the train involved was not working smoothly, and a "brake" situation occurred, which caused smoke.
Witnesses at the scene said that after the incident, passengers pulled out of the car door with their bare hands, and all the gates at the University Station were evacuated without taking a photo card.
A staff member of the Chinese University who works nearby said that the smoke from the train drifted up to CUHK, and the smell of smoke could be smelled as far as the campus.
During the accident, East Rail Line services were disrupted. The MTR stated that the overall travel time (from terminus to terminus) required an additional 15 to 20 minutes, and urged passengers to allow sufficient time for the journey.
At about 6:15 in the evening, the suspected faulty train was removed from the main traffic lane, and train services on the East Rail Line resumed to normal one after another.
Suspicious train "brake" smokes
The MTR stated that the incident occurred at about 5:35 this afternoon. The Train Control Center received a notice from the East Rail Line train captain and University Station staff that white smoke emerged from the University Station platform and it was suspected to be stopped at University Station 2. The train on the platform (towards Hung Hom) experienced equipment failure.
For safety reasons, the control center arranged for passengers on the trains on platform 1 and 2 of the University Station to get off the train, and called the fire and police to the scene to assist.
The train involved returned to the depot after the incident. After preliminary inspection, it is believed that the brake system of the train was not working smoothly, causing a "brake" situation, which caused smoke to come out.