The Indian train travels 70 km without a driver

2024-02-26 08:39:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

The Indian train travels 70 km without a driver

Indian authorities have ordered an investigation after a freight train traveled more than 70 km (43.4 miles) without a driver.

Videos shared on social media showed the train passing several stations at high speed.

Reports say the train traveled without a driver from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir to Hoshiarpur district in Punjab on Sunday.

Authorities say the train stopped and no one was injured.

Officials told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that the incident occurred between 07:25 and 09:00 local time (01:55 and 03:30 GMT) on Sunday.

The 53-coach train was en route to Punjab from Jammu when it stopped at Kathua for a crew change.

Officials say it started moving down a slope on the railroad tracks after the train driver and his assistant got off.

The train moved at a speed of nearly 100 km/h and managed to pass about five stations before stopping.

Shortly after being alerted to the moving train, officials closed level crossings along its route.

"The train stopped after a railway official placed wooden blocks on the tracks to stop the train," PTI officials said.

The wooden blocks helped slow down the train.

Officials told PTI that they are trying to identify the exact reason for the train's movement after it stopped at Kathua to avoid such incidents in future./ CNA

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