The incident had been reported by several eye witnesses on the platform who apparently wanted to get in the container but couldn’t, and police later discovered several other containers attached to the first with hundreds more desperate souls in similarly atrocious conditions.
It is understood that everyone on board had paid a huge sum of money to be in the containers in the hope that getting to their destination would lead to a better life, but all had been cruelly misled. For many, this wasn’t the first time they had found themselves in this situation; some had even been trying this day in, day out for years, getting a little way along the track, but never quite managing to escape completely and always having to come back.
Ambulance crews reported that the people were suffering from severe stress, the effects of toxic armpit gas, heat exhaustion and dehydration, although for many that may have been caused by excessive alcohol intake the night before.
The Police have released a preliminary assessment, appealing for calm and urging the public not to panic. They further warned that this was a situation which was highly likely to recur and advised anyone considering the 7.30am Crewe to Manchester service as a viable start to their day tomorrow to maybe try the 7.45am, or even the 8.00am instead.
(from the original idea by irreverendJ)