Rail power outage leaves 3,000 Swedes stranded

Rail power outage leaves 3,000 Swedes stranded
Some 3,000 people were delayed in southern Sweden on Thursday night when a power outage stopped all traffic between Höör and Hässleholm, leaving passengers stranded.

“We were stuck for five hours and were told nothing,” said passenger Lena Jansson to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

“First everyone was angry. Than they went quiet. Now we are mainly tired.”

Passengers reported confusion and too little information from Swedish national rail company SJ.

At SJ, however, they said they were doing what they could.

“It is a pretty big traffic disruption and we are trying to keep passengers up to date with developments as well as we can. But of course this isn’t going to be totally friction-free when we are dealing with thousands of people. We are trying to get there one thing at a time, “ said SJ press spokesman Dag Rosander to DN.

According to SJ, the disruption was caused by a power line falling down between the two southern towns Höör and Hässleholm around 3pm on Thursday. Some fifteen trains were affected and 3,000 passengers were left stranded.

Weary passengers were finally bussed to Hässleholm where they could continue by train toward Stockholm or coach to Höör. From Höör, trains to Malmö were running.

According to the paper, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is dealing with the problem, but delays are expected to continue until midday on Friday.

TT/The Local/rm


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