Tokyo Metro apologized Wednesday after two employees failed to open the station at Minami-Asagaya Station on the Marunouchi line in time for the first train.
The two employees, aged 31 and 23, were supposed to start work at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and open the shutter doors into the station, but both said they had overslept, Sports Nippon reported.
As a result, when the morning's first train arrived at 5 a.m., the 34 commuters waiting outside could not get into the station and the two commuters who got off were stuck on the dark platform.
The driver of the train notified the control center that the station's lights were still off, and the control center called the two employees who were in the station sleeping quarters.
The two employees arrived at 5:10 a.m. and 5:18 a.m.© Japan Today