Train engine traveled for about 13km without pilot, staff chases it down on motorcycle

An electric train engine traveled for about 13km without a loco pilot in Maharashtra, India, before it was chased down on a motorcycle and stopped.

The incident took place after the electric engine was replaced with a diesel-run one on a train that had to travel a stretch of non-electrified track.

Mirroring a script straight out of the Denzel Washington-starrer Unstoppable, a railways employee caught up with the engine on a motorcycle, jumped on and stopped it.

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

The diesel engine was attached to the Mumbai train which continued its journey to Solapur, the officials said. In the meantime, due to what is being described as a slip-up, the disengaged electric engine started moving on its own after the loco pilot alighted from it.

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