Power cut in Santiago – level 3

04-09-2014 15:00

Well, this is the last thing you want at rush hour.

Tens of thousands of Chileans were stuck in metro carriages underneath the capital city of Santiago on Wednesday due to an electrical fault.

Passengers were trapped underground without light for around 40 minutes before they eventually got let out.

The power cut affected the travel plans of all passengers who were traveling from the west to the south of the city.

According to local media, the power cut lasted for two hours and then normal service was resumed.

Once out, the passengers were evacuated to the nearest stations following security protocol.

The affected metro line has 30 stations and at peak time carries between 5,000 and 6,000 people at every station.

This was the second major failure in the metro recently after a crack was discovered on line four last week causing various stations to close.

Difficult words: rush hour (time when a lot of people travel to or from work), carriage (large car in a train), due to (because of), eventually (in the end), protocol (rules).

Source: www.ondemandnews.com

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