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Wimbledon station commuters flee train in 'Bible' panic

Wimbledon station commuters flee train in 'Bible' panic”

Given the terrorist attack in Manchester, England a few months ago (not to mention the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night), you can understand why people on the train in London would freak out when a man begins talking about how everyone's going to die.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "We were called at 8.30am to Wimbledon to reports of a disturbance on a train going to Waterloo". He was also said to have referred to "doomsday".

A man quoting passages from the Bible prompted fellow passengers on a rush-hour train to force open the doors and climb onto the tracks, causing long delays.

'He recited lines about homosexuality and sex outside marriage being a sin. Some guy tried to tell. British Transport Police (BTP) questioned the man and the electricity on the lines was turned off for safety reasons.

This has caused significant delays to services in and out of Waterloo that will continue for the rest of the morning. Passengers evacuated themselves onto the tracks. No one was injured and no arrests have been made'. Some people on the train suggested the panic had been cause by other passengers mishearing what the man was saying.

Ian added: "I must say, well done and much respect to the guard on our train, he dealt with the guy with compassion, restraint and bravery".

The union's general secretary, Mick Cash, said: "Once again a guard has stepped in and calmed a potentially risky situation in an exemplary and professional manner".

Spooked, passengers forced open the train doors and "self-evacuated" the rush hour train.

The incident caused disruption on the line, compounded by an earlier signal failure.

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers suffered a Monday morning from hell as some of the busiest services in the country were disrupted by a spate of problems, including a man with a rucksack sparking a security scare.

Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services were also delayed because of overrunning engineering work.



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