London's Kings Cross station was thrown into chaos on Tuesday morning as hundreds of commuters were evacuated.
Emergency at King's Cross station! ? What's going on? pic.twitter.com/D9gq0H41mb— Elina Grave (@elinagrave27) March 8, 2016
Kings Cross shut. Staff told me due to overcrowding. pic.twitter.com/zhpqrpF2TP— Tom Edwards (@BBCTomEdwards) March 8, 2016
The major interchange was closed around 9am at the peak of rush hour prompting some dubious puns.
Fire alarms and a lack of information caused some people to panic.
Mass evacuation at Kings Cross St Pancras sirens going off etc. Does anyone know what's going on? I'm legging it...— karen childs (@westendlanegirl) March 8, 2016
— City A.M. (@CityAM) March 8, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
Interesting morning at #KingsCross nothing like a morning panic 😟— Carl aka David (@cdd84) March 8, 2016
Pictures from the station tweeted by angry commuters showed huge crowds looking for alternative routes.
But down below appeared to be a different story.
Kings Cross station is closed due to overcrowding. Looks rammed... pic.twitter.com/2oIjLuC3nY— Anna Kay (@annakproducer) March 8, 2016
TfL confirmed the evacuation was due to over-crowding.
@carboia Hi, apologies, King's Cross station is currently closed to prevent overcrowding. Updates to follow— TfL Travel Alerts (@TfLTravelAlerts) March 8, 2016
A spokesperson said: "We apologise for the disruption caused to our customers at Kings Cross Tube station this morning.
"The station was closed for around 15 minutes to prevent overcrowding caused by an influx of customers from two mainline services arriving simultaneously and a defective Northern line train having to let a full train of customers off at the platform.
"The station closed at 8:55am and reopened at 9:10am."