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Moscow Metro Grinds to a Halt Again

Trains on the Moscow metro's gray line have started running again after a  forced passengers on one train to wait in a tunnel for more than an hour.

The electrical supply on a section of the track between Serpukhovskaya and Tulskaya stations was cut off, causing one train to lose power and stop completely, the metro's press service said, Interfax reported.

As a result of the stoppage, eight passengers on the stricken train fell ill and required medical assistance, RIA-Novosti said.

At 9:25 a.m. the metro's press service reported that trains on the line had been halted while they tried to correct the fault, adding that extra buses were being provided, as well as increased police presence to prevent disorder. At 9.44 a.m. the Emergency Situations Ministry said that full service had been restored.

No smoke or fire was reported in the tunnel, unlike the situation that arose on the Red Line at rush hour on June 5 when a cable fire forced the evacuation of 4,500 commuters from the Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro stations. Eighty-nine people needed medical attention and 27 were hospitalized after that incident.

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