Taipei MRT slowed by spray incident Sunday morning
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-08 06:25 PM
Trains on the Taipei MRT Tamsui Line were delayed for a few minutes Sunday morning after passengers reported a strange smell as a train passed Shipai Station. A spokesperson for Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation said the Xiangshan-bound train was at Shipai Station at 10:34am when someone pressed the intercom button and told the driver there was a fog in cars 4 and 5 of the train.

The transit control center notified police and about 350 passengers were evacuated from the train. The station master checked with passengers on the platform and determined that a passenger had sprayed a protective gas spray inside one of the cars. Security personnel were unable to immediately confirm who sprayed the spray, and after a delay of about four minutes, the passengers were allowed to re-board the train and the system resumed normal operations.

Police said passengers had reacted to an unidentified pungent gas in the car, with some coughing and tearing up and experiencing other physical discomfort. No one required medical assistance as a result of the spray.

Security personnel viewed recordings from cameras in the carriage and found a female passenger suspected of inadvertently spraying an unidentified type of protective spray. Police are now examining the recording in an effort to identify the woman behind the incident and her reason for releasing the spray.

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