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Commuters trapped for hours inside 'ghost train'

Updated torsdag 11 maj kl 11.17
Published torsdag 11 maj kl 07.54
Passenger: People have had to come up with creative solutions for a toilet
(2:40 min)
It's 4am and tired passengers get on board a replacement train after the service from Stockholm to Gothenburg broke down at around 11am.
It's 4am and tired passengers get on board a replacement train after the service from Stockholm to Gothenburg broke down at around 11am. Credit: Carina Holmberg/Sveriges Radio.

"It feels like a ghost train that never moves" says one passenger trapped inside a dark, powerless Gothenburg-bound train for almost five hours last night.

Jens Öberg was on his way home to Gothenburg after a school trip with two colleagues and two High School classes. At around 11pm, within an hour of leaving Stockholm, the train lost all power and shutdown completely. The toilets and air conditioning no longer worked. It became dark and hot.

The students have been fantastic taking care of each other. But there have been asthma attacks, panic attacks and some have been sick," Jens Öberg tells news agency TT.

"It was a little lawless. Even our students went and helped themselves from the bistro, with a kind of silent consent. In the bistro cart there were people getting drunk. Our students are 16 years old, it did not feel safe," he says.

Swedish Radio reporter Carina Holmberg was on the train. She described the situation on board the train.

"It is calm and silent. People are trying to sleep. But it is getting warm and stuffy. we have not had anything to eat or drink. Just now there is a girl here who is trying to pee in a bag because the toilet no longer works," she says.

At around 4am the train was evacuated following the five hour stoppage near Järna, south of Stockholm. The 300 passengers climbed off the train and walked along the tracks to a replacement service.

The broken down Gothenburg-bound train was scheduled to leave Stockholm at 18.40 but the departure was put back to 22.00 on the grounds of an electrical fault, caused by a fire between Stuvsta and Huddinge.

An hour after its delayed departure, a 'technical incident' forced the train to stop on a stretch of track which has no electricity.

The passengers finally arrived in Gothenburg on their replacement train shortly after 07:30 this morning.

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