Train speeds for almost 80 km without a driver: stopped after 5 stations

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Train speeds for almost 80 km without a driver: stopped after 5 stations

A freight train made up of 53 wagons traveled at breakneck speed for approximately 80 km before being stopped. It all happened in India, in Punjab, where fortunately no injuries were reported. The train's mad rush was in fact stopped without serious consequences. Investigations into the incident are underway.

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A train traveled almost 80 km without a driver in India, from Kathua to Hoshiarpur, Punjab. The news was reported by the BBC, according to which the 53 carriages of the freight train were stopped at a station in Jammu for a change when they began to move independently, traveling through 5 stations at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour. Only at that point were the staff able to stop the vehicle, fortunately without any damage. The footage went viral on social media.

To avoid damage along the train's mad rush, an Indian Railways official took care of placing some wooden blocks on the tracks to slow down the carriages. The convoy finally stopped at Unchi Bassi station and fortunately no injuries were reported. Local media reported that 6 Kathua station officials were suspended over the incident.

An investigation has also been ordered by the Indian Railways into the incident. This all happened between 7.25am and 9am (Indian time) on Sunday. The train was carrying bricks and stones and was on its way to Punjab from Jamm u. The stop at the station was necessary for a crew change, but something went wrong during maintenance.

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The engineer and the assistant, in fact, got off the train for the usual change, but while they were on a break from work, the carriages gained speed on their own, crossing 5 stations before being stopped. According to what has been made known so far, the train driver would have forgotten the engine was running. After the first alarm raised from Kathua station, officials closed the level crossings to try to stop the train from moving.

Investigations are underway to ascertain what actually happened to the convoy. According to the Indian authorities, investigations into the episode are necessary to prevent other similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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