2000 people were evacuated around 16h this Sunday afternoon at the station Saint-Charles according to the fire marshals of Marseille.
According to the communication of the battalion, the alert comes from a “suspicious sound coming from the ceiling of a wagon of one of the TGV at quay”.
As a safety measure, all people in the train and people in the station were asked to go out.
For now, we do not know the origin of this noise. However, it is advisable to avoid the sector to allow law enforcement and rescue to perform their work in the best conditions.
Police and fire-fighters were deployed around 4 pm and the 2,000 people present in the SNCF station were evacuated as a precaution.
Colis suspect à @marseille Saint Charles – La gare entièrement fermée depuis plus de 40 minutes … #InfoTrafic #Info pic.twitter.com/3wZmCpIix7
— Nicolas Nadaud (@NicolasNADAUD) September 8, 2019
Marseille firefighters are on site to secure the perimeter and find the source of this noise.
Un “colis suspect” à la gare de #Marseille Saint Charles. Aucun train ne part. Les marins pompiers sont sur place. Des retards à prévoir. pic.twitter.com/DoXzjnxL12
— Stèvelan Chaizy-Gostovitch (@StevelanCG) September 8, 2019
On Twitter, the SNCF informs passengers that luggage has been abandoned on board a train, requiring intervention, and that traffic should resume gradually around 18h.
Bonjour, un bagage oublié a été repéré à bord d'un train en gare de Marseille St-Charles. Le plan Vigipirate a été activé, les équipes sont en cours d'intervention. La circulation est interrompue depuis 15h00. Je vous tiendrai au courant de évolution de la situation. (1/2)
— SNCF (@SNCF) September 8, 2019