Cable theft bid blamed for South West Trains chaos

June 10th, 2011 - 10:28 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, June 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Investigators say it is possible that an attempted cable theft was responsible for the South West Trains halt, which disrupted the plans of several travelers on Thursday.

The incident which happened on Thursday night forced several commuters to walk down the tracks of the railway station. When the commuters got to the exit of the tracks, some of them including a pregnant passenger said the police demanded to know why they were walking. The South West Trains has issued an apology for the incident explaining that it was a major signaling problem that got the trains halted.

The problem was compounded by the decision by some of the commuters to get on the tracks of the rails. Authorities feared that restoring the power posed danger to the commuters.

Some of the passengers who decided to walk expressed their frustration at the incident. Emma Firth who is 8 months pregnant explained why she decided to walk. She said that, “Me and another man talked to each other and said: ‘This is our only chance.’ In my condition I wasn’t going to sleep overnight on a train, I had no food or drink.”

She said she was helped by another man who also decided to walk.

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