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Runaway Freight Train Travels Over 70 km from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab Without Drivers

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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In a bizarre incident, a diesel locomotive-hauled freight train covered a distance of more than 70 kilometers from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir to a village in Hoshiarpur district, Punjab, without its drivers. The 53-wagon train, loaded with chip stones, was en route to Punjab from Jammu.

The incident occurred when the train, having stopped at the Kathua railway station for a scheduled driver change, began rolling down a slope gradient track on the Jammu-Jalandhar section. Both the loco pilot and assistant loco pilot were not on board during this unusual journey.

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The train gained speed along the way and eventually came to a stop on a steep gradient near Unchi Bassi railway station in Punjab. Fortunately, no casualties or property damage were reported. An inquiry has been initiated to determine the exact cause of the incident.

Prateek Srivastava, Divisional Traffic Manager in Jammu, stated that the preliminary findings suggest the train started rolling down the slope gradient towards Punjab without the driver and assistant. The train was successfully halted near Unchi Bassi with the assistance of sandbags.

Railway officials are investigating whether the train had been properly secured at Kathua on the down gradient. Authorities have put railway staff along the route on alert, and all rail-road crossings on the Jalandhar-Pathankot section were secured upon receiving information about the runaway train.

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