Hong Kong MTR

Billowing smoke on East Rail Line causes MTR train carrying 600 passengers to be evacuated

No one injured, services not disrupted; initial investigations suggest component in ventilation system may have overheated

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 10:07am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 12:13pm

About 600 passengers were evacuated from a train on the MTR’s East Rail Line just before rush hour on Thursday morning, after smoke was found coming out of one of the cars.

No one was hurt and overall services were not interrupted, according to the operator.

Station staff at Sha Tin noticed smoke billowing out from beneath a Hung Hom-bound train as it was pulling out of the station at around 6.30am.

The MTR control centre was notified, and the passengers were let off at the following station, Tai Wai, where they then waited two minutes for the next train.

The affected train stopped at Mong Kok East. Firefighters on stand-by arrived to investigate.

Initial inspections suggest that a component in the ventilation system of the ninth car may have overheated.

The rail operator said the train will be towed to a depot for examination later in the day.