Passengers panicked and fled from a London train earlier today when a preacher on board began reading anti-gay passages from a Bible.
According to PinkNews, commuters grew alarmed over the man’s actions and opened an emergency door when the 7:40 South Western Railway train from Shepperton to Waterloo was stopped at a signal. They the fled onto the tracks.
The line into London Waterloo was disrupted over the incident. A spokesperson for British Transport Police said:
We were called at 8.31 AM to a disturbance on board a train just outside Wimbledon station. Passengers had evacuated themselves off the train onto the tracks.
We are currently investigating but there have been no arrests and there are no reported injuries.
This report quotes an eyewitness, named only as Ian, as saying:
I specifically heard him say things about homosexuality and sex before marriage being sins and how we had to repent for our sins, the lord gave his son for our sins et cetera. I sort of zoned out a little after that as I had no interest in listening to him.
The passengers immediately around me didn’t really react. It seemed it was some people further down the carriage behind me started to panic and push and as the train was packed they caused a crush and more panic and the Chinese whispers snowballed I guess.
He said they forced open the doors of the train while it was stopped at a red signal.