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Thousands of riders trapped on French trains after electrical trouble

By Ritika Nath

Thousands of passengers were trapped the whole night on high-speed TGV trains which got halted because of some electrical problems faced in south-western France, some pleading for food and water whereas others for fresh air.

The trapped travellers got so agitated and frustrated that they started raising attention to their situation by posting images on social media, showing children sleeping on the floors and describing the difficulties they are facing by staying masked more than 20 hours straight. Broadcaster France Info reported that passengers facing medical issues got evacuated from the scene.

Apologies were made from the National rail authority SNCF on Monday, for a series of electrical supply incidents which started from Sunday afternoon and halted traffic in the south-western side of France and also interfered with travel from there to the capital city Paris.

SNCF also stated that four high-speed trains, connecting Bordeaux with other cities in the region, also got stuck on tracks over the night, with knock-on effects on the trains of the other routes. On Monday morning, the stuck passengers were taken back to their departure points where they were put on buses and other trains so that they can reach their destinations eventually. The main problem aroused when millions of French people were prepared to return to work and school this week, but they were not able to because of this havoc- though many returned on Sunday by train from August vacations.

Compensations would be made by SNCF to all the passengers three times the cost of their tickets and distribution of masks, food and water were made as stated by the junior minister for transport, Jean- Baptiste Djebbari on BFM television. He also said that 60km of train tracks suffered severe damage to high-powered overhead cables. SNCF stated that traffic isn’t expected to be normal again until Tuesday morning. SNCF also announced that they are placing an order for an internal investigation to inquire on this situation.

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