Rail runners shut down the Brussels metro

Rail runners shut down the Brussels metro
Rail runners shut down the Brussels metro

The Clemenceau metro station, in 2013. — © belga

Two rail runners have disrupted Brussels metro traffic. Traffic was disrupted for fifty minutes during the early evening rush hour.

Travelers on line 2/6 of the Brussels metro got stuck around four o’clock. A track runner had been spotted in the metro tunnel between the Clemenceau and South Station stops. As a result, metro traffic on the section between Hallepoort and West Station had to be stopped and the power switched off for safety reasons.

Perhaps impatient because of the long underground wait, a traveler on a stalled metro train left the car through an emergency door. He in turn walked into a tunnel, this time between Clemenceau and Delacroix.

“Due to both incidents, traffic was at a standstill for fifty minutes, which is exceptionally long,” says An Van Hamme, spokeswoman for the Brussels public transport company, MIVB.

The police and the STIB security service arrived on the scene to search the place. Track walking is not only life-threatening, it also carries heavy fines. The first track runner was taken away by the security service.

The article is in Dutch


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