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Services resume after scaffolding collapse affects Tokyo area trains

In this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter, efforts to restore railway services on the Tokyu Toyoko Line near Jiyugaoka Station, in Tokyo's Meguro Ward, are seen underway on March 3, 2021. (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Train services along a line between central Tokyo and nearby Kanagawa Prefecture that had earlier stopped due to the collapse of scaffolding at a construction site resumed full operation Wednesday afternoon.

    The Tokyu Toyoko Line restarted services around 12:20 p.m., about 14 hours after the collapse caused a power outage Tuesday night. Around 173,800 people were affected and a total of 324 trains were stopped over the two days, according to the line's operator Tokyu Corp.

    The incident occurred near Jiyugaoka Station in Tokyo around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday most likely as the result of strong winds. No injuries were reported, according to the Tokyo Fire Department.

    Efforts to remove the scaffolding, which hit the track's power line, were hampered by the narrow streets around the construction site that prevented the use of heavy machinery, it said.

    Passengers stranded when the power stopped were escorted by foot to Yutenji Station, according the train operator.

    Operations were initially suspended between Shibuya Station in Tokyo and Musashi Kosugi Station in Kawasaki.

    "I saw sparks fly from the electric wires and thought there was a fire," said a man in his 50s who was in the building next to the construction site.

    A 59-year-old woman who was waiting for a cab at Jiyugaoka Station on Wednesday morning said, "I learned about the stoppage from the news and left home an hour earlier than usual."

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