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Hong Kong MTR

Smoking phone on MTR train prompts evacuation of 80 passengers

No injuries reported; incident suspected to have been caused by overheating battery

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 12:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 1:40pm

Smoke from a mobile phone forced the evacuation of about 80 passengers from an MTR train during the Friday morning rush hour in Hong Kong.

The incident happened at about 9am, soon after an Admiralty-bound South Island Line train left South Horizons station.

An MTR Corporation spokesman said a passenger alerted staff at the operation control centre through an emergency communication system. 

“Staff on board the train were deployed to investigate and found a damaged mobile phone on the floor,” he said. “Passengers informed us that the mobile phone emitted smoke, and a commuter used an extinguisher to spray the phone.”

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As a safety precaution, all passengers were evacuated from the three-carriage train after it arrived at Lei Tung station, the spokesman said, adding that about 80 passengers were involved.

He said the train was then driven to a depot for inspection, while affected commuters took the next train.

According to police, no casualties were reported. 

A police spokeswoman said the initial investigation found nothing suspicious, and an overheating battery was the suspected cause of the incident.