A Kyushu line bullet train was brought to a standstill on Tuesday, leaving 280 passengers trapped inside for around 6 1/2 hours, JR Kyushu said Wednesday.
The bullet train was stopped by its driver near Chikugo in Fukuoka just after 4 p.m., following which all other trains on the line were stopped. The cause of the stoppage was reportedly a sheet of plastic, of the type commonly used in agriculture, hanging from an overhead wire, TBS reported.
Removal of the entangled sheet and safety checks on the train took around 6 1/2 hours, during which time heating, cooling and toilets were inoperable, a JR spokesperson said. The train eventually made it to Chikugo-Funagoya Station, arriving at around 10:30 p.m.
A JR spokesperson said the Kyushu bullet train service returned to its regular schedule from Wednesday morning© Japan Today