Shanghai maglev train catches fire
By Cao Li (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-08-12 05:39
SHANGHAI: A maglev train caught fire yesterday afternoon as it arrived at the
terminal, but was extinguished an hour later. No deaths or injuries were
According to a statement from the Shanghai municipal government, a
compartment caught fire at 2:40 pm as the train reached the Longyang Lu terminal
from the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Passengers were evacuated
to extinguish a fire of a maglev train in Shanghai August 11, 2006.
A witness, who lives nearby, said the burning train was then driven out of
the station. He refused to give his name.
"I saw the train, with smoke billowing from a compartment, leaving the
Longyang terminal slowly and stopping about 1 kilometre away," he said.
"Fire trucks and ambulances arrived soon after and a person climbed down from
the driver's compartment using a ladder.
"I heard that a compartment caught fire when the train was in the terminal
and it was driven out to avoid setting fire to the platform.
"I saw other trains moving in and out of the station, even when the train was
still on fire," he said.
According to the statement, the fire did not affect the operation of the
other maglev line and it was brought under control one hour later.
A preliminary investigation has excluded the possibility of foul play, but
the cause of the fire has not yet been released. Further investigation is under
way, according to the statement.
The maglev rail line, connecting the Pudong International Airport to the Line
2 subway, began operation on December 31, 2002.
The magnetic train covers a distance of 30 kilometres. Former German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji took the
(China Daily 08/12/2006 page2)