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Racegoers heading home from Derby Day were left temporarily stranded, with some jumping from the packed trains, after service was halted for nearly an hour yesterday.
Passengers had just left Flemington Racecourse and were heading back into the city when the train unexpectedly stopped, with no announcement as to why.
The packed trains were stopped for nearly 20 minutes before Metro Trains said in a tweet there were significant delays due to a faulty train and trespassers on the tracks.
But intoxicated and fed up passengers had by then already taken things into their own hands, with some opening the doors and ditching the train to find another way into the city.
Angry passengers took to social media, demanding more communication as to why the trains had stopped.
"The most annoying thing was the driver did not say anything for 30 minutes," Jessica Dolan said in a tweet.
"If people had been given a rough time frame it would’ve been handled better. Lack of info only made people aggressive and freak out," fellow commuter Tamara Turner wrote.
The hot, crowded trains left some racegoers with no choice but to push open the train doors. (Sean Davidson)
Some passengers chose to jump from the stationary trains to escape. (Sean Davidson)
The trains came to a halt about 6.20pm yesterday. (Sean Davidson)Passengers also tweeted that drunk racegoers were “vomiting” on the hot and crowded trains.
Metro Trains said they received "hundreds of tweets" in a short amount of time, but were able to resolve the train fault "quickly".
"All trains on the line resumed after Victoria Police gave clearance to run at reduced speed at around 6.50pm. Police granted clearance to resume at normal line speed at 7.45pm with delays reducing quickly," Metro said in a statement to 9NEWS this afternoon.
"We communicated to passengers through all available channels…we’ve had feedback that some passengers found it difficult to hear announcements on busy trains and platforms and understand this was a challenge."
Thousands of people donning black and white attended Derby Day yesterday. (AAP)The commuter chaos comes just days before the Melbourne Cup.
More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to Flemington for the big race, with many expected to use public transport.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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