Runaway train: Engine cruises 13km minus pilot, staffer chases it down on bike


Chennai-Mumbai train’s disengaged engine started moving on its own while at Wadi junction in Maharashtra, sparking alerts on the lines and a 13-km chase before a mishap was averted.

INDIA Updated: Nov 10, 2017 09:25 IST

Press Trust of India, Kalaburagi

An electric train engine travelled for about 13 kilometres without its pilot from Wadi station in Maharashtra before being brought to a halt by a staff member who chased it on a bike.

Mirroring a script straight out of a movie, the railways employee caught up with the engine, jumped on and stopped it.

Trouble started after the Chennai-Mumbai train arrived at Wadi junction in Kalaburagi district around 3pm on Wednesday, where its electric engine was to be swapped for a diesel one, railway officials said. The route from Wadi to Solapur is not electrified.


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