Overcrowded train forces ravers to Tokyo World ON FOOT
‘People just started jumping from the train. It was madness’
Scared party goers were left disoriented and confused when they forced to abandon a train en route to Tokyo World on Saturday afternoon.
The train, which was bound for Stapleton Road, was severely overcrowded after hundreds of festival-goers piled on at Clifton Down station for the 14:48 two carriage train.
After being held in the station for around half an hour, the train eventually moved but then stopped again a few hundred metres outside Clifton Down station.
The intense overcrowding soured the initially feel good atmosphere and those on the train began to panic and chant ‘Let us off, let us off!’
The train’s emergency alarm was then pulled as the students became hot and angry, prompting many to leap an entire metre from the train and walk up the tracks back to the station or towards the next stop, Redland.
One person jumped into the overhead luggage storage shelf to avoid the mass of people.
Second year classics student Brogan said “It was ok at first but we couldn’t hear what the driver was saying and the longer we waited the more agitated and annoyed everyone got”.
The police and ambulance services were then called and the whole train was abandoned, while a young woman was treated on the tracks by paramedics after she fainted.
Another second year student Tom said “We stopped outside the station for ages and then people just started jumping from the train. It was madness”.
Julian Burnell from Network Rail told The Bristol Post: “This is a very rare and very serious incident.
“In the seven years I have worked at Network Rail, this is the first time I have heard of such an incident taking place.”
The company call this type of event an “uncontrolled evacuation” and it has the potential to cause fatal accidents.
Mr Burnell said: “It is extremely dangerous, even on a quiet railway like this one.
“Thankfully it is not an electric line, the outcome could have been very different.”
A spokesperson for First Great Western said: “Railway lines are designed for trains, not people and are inherently dangerous places.
“The actions of this group of passengers, whatever their reasons, endangered not only themselves, but also their fellow passengers. We will be investigating.”