Snow traps commuters overnight in Japan train


Snow traps commuters overnight in Japan train

Heavy snow forced hundreds of passengers in Japan to spend the night on a crowded train.

Their journey came to a halt in Niigata prefecture just before 7 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Thursday with about 430 people on board, and many with no seats.

As the snow accumulated, the train's wheels couldn't turn anymore and officials decided it was too risky to evacuate all the people.

The four-car train eventually started moving on Friday morning, more than 15 hours after it was forced to stop.

Five passengers reported falling ill and were taken to hospital.