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First TransPennine Express passengers evacuated after 'strong smell of cannabis'


Passengers were evacuated from a train after the driver reported a strong smell of cannabis in his cab.
The incident led to delays early today between Manchester and York.
The service involved, a First TransPennine Express train between Manchester Airport and York, arrived back at the airport from York and was due to return at 12.38am.
The company said the driver reported the smell as he stepped into the cab at the airport. It was driven with the driver's cab windows open to Manchester Piccadilly, where the entire three carriage train was changed.
All passengers were asked to leave and told of the development.
The new service left for York 26 minutes late as a result.
The train was removed for maintenance and checks.
A spokesman for TransPennine Express praised the driver and said police were not alerted. It is understood a passenger had been smoking on the earlier service to Manchester from York.
The spokesman said no passengers were in danger. He said: “The driver reported a strong smell of cannabis in the driver's cab. He did not want to take the service as far as York.
“The driver made the control room aware of the issue and put safety first. He did exactly the correct thing. This is not the first time an incident like this has happened.”
Paul Britton
Manchester Evening news online January 19, 2013

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