Updated February 25th, 2024 at 17:19 IST

Driverless Freight Train Loaded with Stones Runs from Kathua to Hoshiarpur, Railway Averts Tragedy

According to officials cited by a local news agency, he did so without applying the hand brakes, causing the train to pick up speed on a slope.

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The Railways has launched an investigation to determine the cause and prevent future occurrences. | Image:X
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Kathua, J&K: A potential disaster was narrowly avoided when a driverless freight train began moving along the tracks from Kathua to Hoshiarpur at a speed of over 70 kmph. According to reports, the freight train was loaded with crusher stones, and was parked at Kathua station when it unexpectedly started moving without a driver on board. 

Apparently, the driver had left the locomotive cabin to inspect the track. According to officials cited by a local news agency, he did so without applying the hand brakes, causing the train to pick up speed on a slope. However, railway staff from Dasuya managed to stop the train at Unchi Bassi in Hoshiarpur district by placing wooden blocks on the tracks, preventing any damage or injuries. 

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Following the incident, the Railways launched an investigation to determine the cause and prevent future occurrences.

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Published February 25th, 2024 at 17:19 IST