Train services on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines in Tokyo were suspended for nine hours on Sunday after metal poles that support overhead cables collapsed onto the tracks between Akihabara and Kanda stations.
According to JR East officials, a train driver on the Keihin-Tohoku line spotted the poles on both the inbound and outbound Yamanote line tracks at around 6:10 a.m. and sounded the alert, Fuji TV reported. The Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines run parallel to each other.
The poles, which are about seven meters high and 20 centimeters in diameter, were installed 14 years ago, a JR East spokesman told a news conference. He said they had fallen from their base.
The spokesman said workers had noticed the poles starting to buckle on Friday and were scheduled to be replaced on Monday.
Heavy machinery was brought onto the tracks to remove the poles, which caused service resumption to be delayed until about 3:30 p.m. For most of Sunday night, Yamanote line services were running at about half their normal schedule, JR East said.© Japan Today