Bangkok's Skytrains suffer first malfunction in 14 years

Bangkok's Skytrains suffer first malfunction in 14 years

BANGKOK - Services of the skytrains that broke down this morning resumed at 11am.

Earlier it was expected to resume this afternoon.

Anat Apapirom, advisor to the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Company said the computerized controlling and navigation systems of both Sukhumvit and Silom routes broke down at about 3am. The malfunction was the first time in 14 years, he said.

"Our experts and engineers are doing with best efforts to fix the errors and problems. The repairs will take about half day, so the services will resume this afternoon," he said.

BTS officials were seen informing people about the problems at foot of the stairs under the stations. They suggested people to use other public transportation.

At many stations, bus stops were crowded with people heading to offices.

The disruption of the service started at 6 am according to a Tweeter message from BTS. By 8 am, the service has not resumed yet.

BTS announced on its micro-blogging Tweeter site that the service was halted because BTS navigation control system malfunctioned.


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