Big disruptions on the RER B this Tuesday evening! The traffic was interrupted, from 6 pm, from Châtelet, on the RER B and the RER D. It was not able to resume until 9 pm. The cause ? The presence of people on the tracks, from 6 p.m., forcing an interruption of traffic and then the evacuation of passengers, to which was added the discomfort of a pregnant woman who had to be taken care of by the firefighters .
Two RER trains, one from line B and another from line D, “were blocked under the tunnel between Gare du Nord and Châtelet between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.,” said the RATP to Le Parisien this Tuesday evening. “People on the tracks have prevented the restarting of the trains,” also specifies the transport authority. “You have to check each time whether there are people on the tracks,” said SNCF, explaining why the traffic took a long time to resume.
Passengers evacuated in the tunnels
The trains blocked between Gare du Nord and Châtelet were both evacuated, RATP told Paris. Several photos posted on social networks show people in the twilight of the tunnels, joining Châtelet and Gare du Nord. Station agents and the GPSR (Network Protection and Security Group) were deployed there, specifies the RATP.
A pregnant woman, who reportedly felt unwell during the incident, was picked up by firefighters directly in an oar. Contrary to what could be indicated on social networks, “she did not give birth in the RER,” says SNCF. However, she was taken to hospital.
Traffic was able to resume gradually from 9 p.m.