Despair on Chilean metro after power glitch traps thousands
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 00:48
Thousands in Santiago stranded during evening commute as power outage shuts down busy Chilean Metro line. Gavino Garay reports.
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Panic aboard the Chilean metro as thousands are left stranded in the dark.
An electrical glitch had shut off the power -- during rush hour.
Cell phone video illustrates the growing anxiety of passengers trapped in the train...as they pounded on the doors, desperate for metro staff to open them.
And there was little ventilation inside as cramped riders waited nearly 40 minutes before metro staff came to their rescue.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PASSENGER AFFECTED BY METRO POWERCUT, SAYING:
"There was much despair and heat inside and they didn't want to open the doors. That was the problem."
Among those trapped were disabled people, pregnant women and children.
The state-owned metro has yet to make an official statement about what caused the electrical outage.
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