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Power blackout hits Athens, dozens trapped in lifts

August 22, 2018 GMT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A power blackout on Wednesday hit large sections of the greater Athens area, some for several hours, following a problem at an electricity substation.

Parts of the Greek capital’s metro system suffered disruptions for more than three hours, with the central Syntagma station closed, while many traffic lights were knocked out.

The fire service said it received more than a hundred calls from people trapped in lifts, while problems were reported across the Greek capital.

The power transmission authority said the causes of the malfunction were under investigation, and apologized for the blackout.