Sunday 25 February 2024

What Happened to the Train That Ran Without a Driver Yesterday?

Jammu, Feb 26, 2024: A heart-stopping incident unfolded yesterday morning when a freight train travelled a staggering 84km from Jammu to Punjab completely unattended. The incident, which luckily resulted in no injuries, raises serious questions about safety protocols and potential human error.

The runaway saga began when the train's drivers, reportedly forgetting to engage the brakes, left the engine at Kathua station for tea or what some suspect to be negligence during a duty change. This, on a sloped track, proved to be a recipe for disaster. The train, propelled by gravity, picked up speed, reaching an estimated 100km/hr and causing panic as it passed several stations.

Quick action was taken by railway officials who, upon receiving the alert, cleared tracks along the route, closed all rail crossings, and mobilized staff to ensure no collision occurred. While efforts to slow the train with stones and wooden blocks were unsuccessful, it was eventually brought to a halt at Uchhi Bassi in Mukerian through strategic use of sandbags on an uphill gradient.

The incident resulted in delays for three passenger trains and has sparked outrage and concern. An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause and hold those responsible accountable. Railway officials have also pledged to take necessary steps to prevent such incidents from happening again.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to safety protocols and the potentially disastrous consequences of human error. As investigations continue, the focus will be on preventing similar situations and ensuring the safety of passengers and railway staff.

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