Brakes Fail, Train Bails: Unattended Freight Embarks on Unexpected Trip

Unmanned Freight Train Runs Away in Jammu, Stopped in Punjab After 80km Journey

Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir – A major incident was averted yesterday when a freight train running unmanned traveled over 80 kilometers from Kathua station in Jammu and Kashmir to Ucchi Bassi in Mukerian, Punjab. Fortunately, the runaway train was brought to a halt without causing any injuries or major accidents.

The incident:

The goods train, identified as number 14806R, was halted at Kathua station when the driver reportedly disembarked for a tea break. According to preliminary reports, the driver allegedly failed to engage the handbrake before leaving the locomotive. This, combined with the downward slope of the tracks towards Pathankot, caused the train to start moving on its own.

Swift action by railway officials:

Upon realizing the situation, railway officials immediately initiated emergency protocols to stop the runaway train. They deployed various measures, including alerting track staff along the route and activating signal systems to bring the train to a safe halt.

Investigation underway:

The Divisional Traffic Manager of Jammu confirmed that an inquiry has been launched to investigate the cause of the incident and identify any potential lapses in safety protocols. This investigation will aim to determine the exact sequence of events and ensure that such incidents are prevented in the future.

Concerns and questions:

While no casualties were reported, this incident raises concerns about railway safety procedures and the potential consequences of human error. The investigation is expected to shed light on the specific factors that contributed to this incident and provide recommendations to improve safety protocols for unattended trains.

Additional information:

  • Some reports suggest the train reached speeds of up to 100 km/h during its uncontrolled run.
  • Videos of the runaway train circulating on social media show it passing through stations at high speed.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to safety protocols and the potential consequences of lapses in following established procedures. The ongoing investigation is crucial to ensure that lessons are learned from this event and that necessary measures are taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.