Hong Kong man disrupts subway services after hiding in tunnel
( 2003-08-22 16:24) (Agencies)
A Hong Kong man disrupted subway services temporarily as he sought refuge
from a family dispute by hiding in an underground tunnel for four hours, an
official said Friday.
The 24-year-old man was found Thursday night inside a drainage well about 100
meters (33 feet) in the subway tunnel four hours after setting off an alarm
signaling an intruder, said Lam Yik-tin, a spokeswoman for the Mass Transit
The man, identified by his surname, Chan, later told police that he only
wanted to hide from his family after an argument, police spokeswoman Terry Yau
said. He suffered some scratches.
Train services were suspended for more than 10 minutes in an initial search
and another 10 minutes during a second search, Yik said.
Legislators questioned whether the company should have suspended services
until the man was found.
But Yik said there is plenty of room inside the tunnel, and the company had
to balance the interests of commuters and the man.