Skytrain malfunction results in commuter chaos in Bangkok

Bangkok streets witnessed early morning traffic snarls on Tuesday after the navigation system of its popular elevated train service, the Skytrain, malfunctioned, forcing thousands of people to seek other public mode of transportation.

The sky-train is expected to resume this afternoon, Anat Apapirom, advisor to the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Company said.

He said the computerised controlling and navigation systems of both downtown Sukhumvit and business district Silom routes broke down at about 3 am. The malfunction was the first in 14 years, he said.

"Our experts and engineers are doing with best efforts to fix the errors and problems. The repairs will take about half day, so the services will resume this afternoon," he said.

Bangkok is famous for its congested roads and thousands of office goers use the highly efficient air conditioned elevated train service daily.

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