Passenger reading aloud from Bible causes panic on London rush hour train
Train passengers forced open the doors of a carriage and climbed onto the tracks Monday morning, after a religious man sparked mass panic.
In the wake of a weekend of terror, in which 59 people were killed in Las Vegas and two women knifed to death in Marseille, commuters in Wimbledon were on edge.
As a man began to read aloud from his bible, fear spread through the crowded carriage outside Wimbledon station in south-west London at around 08:30am local time.
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The man began spouting phrases like “death is not the end,” one passenger said.
Spooked, passengers forced open the train doors and “self-evacuated” the rush hour train.
Emergency protocols were engaged as the rail network cut the power to the tracks to avoid injuries.
The mass panic caused major disruption and some trains were delayed until 3pm.
“He was scaring people,” one commuter told the BBC.
“The guy stopped and stood there with his head down.”