Fallen tree disrupts East Rail services

Local | Charlotte Luo 26 Aug 2019

Services on the East Rail Line were disrupted for about six hours after a tree fell onto an overhead cable near Tai Po Market Station.

The tree hit the cable at about 12.20am, about an hour before services ended on the East Rail Line on Saturday.

The repair work was completed by 10.36am yesterday.

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded between midnight and 3am, and there were intense thunderstorms, said the Hong Kong Observatory.

Passengers inside the train heard a loud noise when the tree fell on to the cable and part of the lighting in the train went off.

A Hung Hom-bound train and another one heading to Sheung Shui stopped on the tracks.

Passengers had to walk 200 meters on the track in the rain to Tai Po Market Station.

Services between Fo Tan and Sheung Shui stations were suspended and free shuttle buses were arranged between University and Fanling stations.

Passengers were informed that it would take longer to travel between Hung Hom and University stations, and between Fan Ling and Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations.

About 30 minutes before the East Rail line's services started at 5am yesterday, MTR Corp said the repair work was still going on. It added that services between University and Fan Ling stations were suspended.

Trains between Hung Hom and Fo Tan stations arrived every five minutes and the service between Hung Hom and University stations was every 10 minutes.

The MTRC announced that services on the East Rail Line returned to normal at 10.36am.


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